“THERE were rules that were never really said. I broke them a lot but I didn’t know what they were, didn’t even know that I could.”

A victim of domestic abuse has spoken about her journey to a fresh start as the Advertiser explores the issue in Andover, and looks at the work of the people who are changing the lives of survivors and their children.

In total in 2017, there were 19,110 domestic abuse cases reported to police in Hampshire - that figure has increased by 1,235 per cent since 2012.

Also in this week's paper: 

- Warning to dog owners after cygnet mauled at lakes

- Man avoids jail after New Year attack leaves victim with fractured jaw

- Village named 'most inspiring place' in county

- Party lays out housing plans ahead of council election

- Nursery praised by watchdog with 'good' rating in all areas

- World's Biggest Coffee Morning celebrated across town

- News from our patches, including Whitchurch and Overton and Tidworth and Ludgershall.

- Two pages of YOUR letters.

- Three pages of your local sport.

And much much more!

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