LOVE Island's Georgia Harrison has opened up about how she lived in "constant fear" when she was in an abusive relationship as a teenager.
Georgia, now 23, wrote: "I chose to write about this specific subject because I myself was once in an extremely abusive relationship at the age of 18.
"One of the things I found hard during that time was to accept that I was the victim of domestic abuse.
"You can’t escape something that you cannot define and often in circumstances like this those who are violent are often manipulative.
"They convince you that you are the problem, that you deserve the abuse you are receiving and that if anything you are ‘over exaggerating’."
The former Towie star went on to detail some of the abuse she suffered including how an ex boyfriend spat in her face and smashed her phone.
"At the time, I very much accepted that what he was saying made sense," she continued.
"That I deserved all of the aggression I was receiving. That I deserved the constant paranoia and accusations of cheating.
"That all men would treat me this way because that is what I bring on myself. Now I am 23 and I have had some very beautiful relationships since.
"I remember being in constant fear throughout the day of what would set him off.
"Would he take my phone again and lock me out so that he can obsessively scroll through it until he finds an innocent message from a friend and smashes it up for the 3rd time?
"Would he taunt me and criticise my appearance to the point where I can’t even look at myself? Would he take me to dinner and then spit in my face because I ‘looked at the waiter in a provocative way’?
"Each day was just a huge contrast of love and fear."
She then encouraged anyone who is suffering abuse or is concerned about behaviour in their relationship to speak out.
Georgia added: "You should never under any circumstance fear the one you love. That is not what love is. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.
"Surveys have shown that one in ten teenagers report being the victims of domestic violence. Please if you are one of these people reach out to someone. Family, friends, a charity or even me. Do not suffer in silence for you are worth so much more than that."
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