Ever since the age of five, Kelly Sutherain has had a fear of choking.

She says it stems from when her abusive stepfather would ram chili powder down her throat, during one of his twisted games.

Other times, Kelly says, he would wrap her up in a double duvet from head to toe, and sit on top of her until she couldn't breathe.

She and her younger sister, Sarah, were subjected to daily physical and emotional abuse at the hands of their mum's partner, for six years.

They were bound by a three-strike rule, resulting in horrifying punishment if they didn't obey their stepdad Greg, Kelly says.

The violence continued until she was 11-years-old - when social services eventually became involved.

Kelly claims she had been whipped 50 times across her back leg with his trouser belt, after hitting three strikes.

When her sister was quizzed by teachers about why Kelly wasn't at school, she finally opened up about their abuse.

Three months later, they were removed from Greg's care and sent to stay with a foster family, before living with their biological dad.

Greg was never punished for his crimes, as Kelly says he and her mother moved to America before police could arrest him.

For years, Kelly, now 44, tried to put what had happened to her to the back of her mind.

She moved to Wythenshawe over 20 years ago, got a job as a nurse and now has seven children.

But after Greg passed away last year feelings resurfaced, and Kelly realised she needed to speak about what she had been through.

She began writing her thoughts down on paper, realising she didn't need to feel ashamed about what had happened anymore.

Kelly Sutherain

Several months later and her book 'Three Strikes' - a novel about her own experience of domestic abuse - has been published.

Kelly says she hopes the book will help break the stigma around domestic violence, and encourage other victims to speak out.

"I realise now it was wrong for me to be silenced," Kelly said.

"I should have spoken about it, I should have screamed about it from the rooftops and I implore other victims to do the same.

"In a way I was ashamed about what happened to me.

"I always thought I'd done something wrong to bring this upon myself as a child, but I was wrong."

Kelly and her daughter Leigha

Kelly says the abuse began when she, her sister and mum moved in with Greg at a house in the south of England.

"The abuse was physical and mental," she said.

"He did things like smother us with his hand so that we couldn't breathe.

"My sister still has a deformed thumb after he placed her hand over a gas cooker."

On one occasion, Kelly says her stepdad told her to get a knife from the kitchen and stab him with it.

Kelly Sutherain says she want other victims of domestic abuse to speak out about their experiences

Another time, she says he struck her with his belt, after she failed to pick up all the crumbs from the carpet in an alloted amount of time.

They were visited by social services after Sarah spoke to teachers, but were not removed from Greg's care until about three months later.

"They didn't remove us straight away so we were terrified about what was going to happen," Kelly said.

"It was about three months after that we were actually removed.

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"My sister had opened up the freezer and dropped chicken nuggets on the floor and Greg had stamped on her hands so hard he fractured two of her fingers.

"She was taken to hospital and social services took us straight from there to our foster home."

"My mum would come back over every year to see and my sister," Kelly added.

"I put a lot of what happened to me to the back of my mind in desperation to gain the love of my mum.

"I had to accept the fact she was married to this man, and if I didn't forgive him then this would have eaten me up."

"I think in today's society people don't feel comfortable talking about abuse," Kelly said

Before writing her book, Kelly hadn't even told her close friends and family, about her ordeal.

She says sharing her experience has started an important healing process, and helped her to move on with her life.

"I think in today's society people don't feel comfortable talking about abuse," Kelly said.

"There is a lot of stigma around it and I think that really the best thing is for people to say, I'm not going to be silenced anymore."

Kelly decided to turn her experience into a novel, putting herself right back into the abuse she experienced as a little girl.

"It's not just for people who have been abused," she said.

"I have written it so other people can have an understanding of how someone might act.

"I have simplified it so teenagers who may be going through abuse can read it as well. "

"I just want people to know they are not alone in this."