It was the story she was being told and Rachel Seath knew she had no choice but to accept what she was hearing.
When "Anna" arrived at Albury's Women's Centre for Health and Wellbeing, she wasn't exactly willing.
That's because Child Protection had made her take part in one-on-one counselling sessions.
Anna had been through a life of absolute horror with her ex-partner, repeatedly choked until she thought she was going to die and copping "flogging after flogging after flogging".
"I'd just started to believe that was going to be my life."
Ms Seath had to focus on finding a way to engage with Anna.
"My main thing was keeping our rapport, otherwise I would lose her," she said.
"As much as Anna might have thought I believed her I knew there was a lot more to it.
"It was just keeping her connected with a service so that when she was ready she would be able to utilise more of the things from that service."
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