4 and 12. Social services were alerted in 2012 when my daughter (12)reported that she and her brother had witnessed my ex husband assault me. I had been 3 years sober prior to this. I moved out of the family home and we shared custody. In October 2012 I broke my shoulder and my ex husband became the main carer. I had my children for 2- 3 nights a week until November 2013 when I suffered a breakdown and picked up a drink. My children did not witness this and they were in the care of my ex husband and my Mum. I was building up a relationship with them again when in February of this year my ex stopped me seeing them. Foolishly, instead of getting help at once I picked up a drink due to looking for a way out of my distress. This lasted for about a week when I decided to get help and pull my life back together. My marriage to him was a violent and emotionally abusive one.
I asked if I could see the children and he said no. I understand I have to prove myself and am more than willing to go for supervised contact. He has sent me several text messages blackmailing me into not going to court. He stopped my daughter from texting me. She was clearly devastated by his actions. I was extremely close to my children.