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A brave domestic abuse survivor who was repeatedly beaten by a man she met on Tinder has told her story in a bid to help other women come forward.
Bethan Thomas-Rowlands, 23, was smitten when she began chatting to Garth Rees, 22.
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Bethan from Bridgend, south Wales was swept off her feet by the 'charming' bodybuilder who not only impressed her – but was an instant hit with her family.
Writing for Fabulous in The Sun, Bethan revealed how her lover turned into a 'monster' when they moved in together, four months after they started dating.
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He launched a campaign of abuse which would include breaking into her home, fracturing her ribs and emptying a kettle over her.
Bethan said her family 'loved' Garth but that as quickly as they fell in love – he began to change.
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Recalling the first attack, she said: 'I planned to visit my mum on her birthday but Garth had other ideas. He told me I was going nowhere, before wrapping his hands tightly around my throat and squeezing hard.
'I sobbed, begging him to stop. I could barely breathe. Then he told me: 'Look at the size of you. If I wanted to hurt you or kill you, I would.'
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'Then, moments later, he staggered backwards. He couldn't apologise enough and told me he didn't know what had come over him.'
Bethan's boyfriend apologised and begged her to not to leave him, and while she decided to stay, she took snaps of her neck.
However, the violence continued.
Garth would 'off the handle over the smallest inconvenience' and violently assault Bethan, she told The Sun.
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He would then tell her to make up excuses for the beatings he told her she 'deserves' like falling down the stairs, Bethan said.
She added: 'When Christmas Day arrived, I had to plaster on my most convincing smile. It was...
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