Fitness superstar Alice Liveing tells her story of abuse.


Alice Liveing is a 3x bestselling author and a Women’s Health magazine columnist. She is also a survivor.

At the age of 16, Alice entered her first relationship. Over the next 18 months she endured emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend. She was terrified, and didn’t want anyone else to find out.

“I never thought abuse would happen to someone like me. I always thought that it would happen to people that were married, in relationships that were a lot older than I was.”

“I think the first time I properly acknowledged it was abuse was when the police showed up at my front door.”

“I was only 16 when I went through a horrifically abusive relationship. I didn’t want anyone to find out. I was terrified of telling my mum and my dad. And that’s why I feel so passionately about working with Women’s Aid. Because here is a charity to help you through every step of the way, through what is probably one of the most horrific and traumatic experiences of your entire life.”

“Here I am sitting you showing you that there is life after abuse. That you can rebuild yourself to be physically and mentally stronger. And to show you with the help of Women’s Aid, you can overcome abuse. It does happen to women of any age, and you can get help.”

Your voice matters, sharing your story as a young survivor of domestic abuse can make a huge difference to others going through similar stuff. When you speak up anonymously, it can be a real comfort to someone feeling isolated. Your privacy is totally protected, so you can share without any worries at all. This is a safe space just for you to open up and make a difference without any fear.

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