A young mum has bravely spoken out after her bullying ex-boyfriend almost killed her when he flew into a violent drunken rage on her birthday.
Bethany Curtis, 24, believed she was about to die when evil Aaron Caines battered her unconscious before trying to drive into a river after she broke up with him.
The mum-of-one, from Worcester, spoke out after Caines, 29, was jailed for actual bodily harm last week.
She revealed how she suffered four-and-a-half years of hell at the hands of controlling Caines.
Bethany said the abuse culminated in "the worst night of my life" when she and Caines went out for her 22nd birthday on February 11, 2017.
She said: "I had been so excited to go out for my birthday, he never allowed me to go out.
"We started at the Red Lion in Powick, and went on to Worcester city centre with friends.
"I cried so many times that night, he kept disappearing, would come back and say abusive things.
"The night ended at Velvet nightclub. I said let's go downstairs and dance.
"He didn't like that - he pulled me in and said 'you will do what I say, go where I go'.
"He pulled me off the dancefloor, threw me onto a sofa and said he didn't want to be with me anymore.
"But later he came back up to me saying he was sorry, and I forgave him.
"He was clever, manipulative. Aaron always had a way of making me feel sorry for him."
At the end of the night the pair got a taxi back to their home in Malvern, but he got the driver to drop them at the Red Lion pub, where his car was.
She said: "He pushed me in, he was driving and was all over the road.
"I was petrified. I told him to slow down. He clipped bollards, was swerving around. He was shouting, hurling abuse at me.
"He stopped at a bus stop and started punching me. I put my hands up but he kept going and going and going."
Bethany desperately tried to escape when Caines pulled over again but he punched her in the face.
She said: "He knocked me out.
"I can't remember anything until I woke up, and I didn't know where we were.
"I was in the footwell. He was slumped, his head on the steering wheel.
"When he woke up he punched me on the nose, which exploded, going all over him and me before I managed to scramble out of the car.
"I was a mess, it was a February morning, pitch black, it had been snowing, it was freezing.
"I was just lying there.
"He got back in the car and was driving up and down the road, looking at me.
"He stopped, dragged me back up and into the car. I couldn't move - I have never felt pain like it.
"He said he didn't want to split up, he was sorry.
"I said 'look at me, I can't go back with you'. I ended it (the relationship) in the car.
"But he said 'if I can't have you, then nobody else can, I'm going to put us in the river'."
"He then took a turning heading straight for the river.
"He started speeding up.
"At that point I managed to grab the steering wheel, and steer into a gate, 50 yards from the river.
"We got out, and I just walked for two miles, no shoes, all the way to mum's who is a paramedic.
"I collapsed on her doorstep, covered in blood."
Caines, 29, of Worcester, was jailed for two years and slapped with a restraining order following a trial at the city's crown court.
Bethany, who has a new partner, Scott Allin, said the abuse caused her to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She added of Caines: "He called me a liar, he told police I had been abusive to him.
"But there was so much evidence, he deserves everything he gets now.
"I have post-traumatic stress disorder.
"What happened, it will always be there, but I'm going to live my life.
"I never knew another man could be so nice. Scott doesn't control my money, I'm allowed to work, I'm allowed to go out.
"I couldn't deal with that at first, I was used to being controlled, I used to think 'does he care?'.
"I just want to warn other people not to suffer like I did. Don't take violent partners back.
I want people to know there is help."
In a tragic twist, Scott was diagnosed with leukaemia shortly after they became a couple but he is currently in remission.
Detective Andy Knowles, from West Mercia Police, said: "The acts undertaken by Caines have had a huge impact on his victim."
Anyone affected by the issues in this article can call the 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline on 0808 802 1414.