Boyfriend beat domestic abuse survivor, 40, so badly that her daughter could only recognise her by her TOES

  • WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Helen Procter, 40, was beaten up by her partner
  • Daniel Burton threw her against a wall and kicked her in the face in Hull last April
  • He was sentenced on January 4 to seven years in jail for grievous bodily harm
  • Ms Procter only learned of Burton’s violent history when the case went to court 
  • Now, she want to raise awareness of Clare’s Law, which allows police to disclose a partner’s violent history to potential victims

A woman who was brutally attacked by her partner has issued pictures of her appalling injuries which left her unrecognisable even to her own daughter.

Helen Procter, 40, thought she was in a happy relationship with her boyfriend of two years, Daniel Burton, after she met him through friends in October 2018, 

But after pubs reopened last April, Burton launched a frenzied assault on her when they returned to their Hull  home from a drinking session.  

Burton became aggressive on their walk back and dragged Ms Procter inside the house. He threw her against the living room wall and kicked her repeatedly in the face in a frenzied outburst.

His elderly mother, who Burton had been caring for, was upstairs at the time and Ms Procter screamed for her to help before blacking out. 

Burton appeared in court on January 4 and was jailed for seven years for grievous bodily harm.

Helen Procter, 40, was slammed against a wall and kicked repeatedly in the face by her partner Daniel Burton. He later told her to lie to doctors and say she had an accident while drunk

Ms Procter has been left severely traumatised by the incident but wants to raise awareness of Clare’s Law to help protect others from domestic abuse

Daniel Burton appeared in court on January 4 and was jailed for seven years for grievous bodily harm

Now, Ms Procter has come forward with pictures of her injuries to raise awareness of Clare’s Law – which enables police to disclose information about a partner’s previous offending – and to also reach out to other victims who currently feel trapped.

Her daughter Abbie Burnett said: ‘The relationship had been a happy one. He seemed really well-spoken and I thought he was going to look after mum.

‘It wasn’t until Dan was in court we realised he has done this before on record. Clare’s Law would have showed us he was known to do this. If we’d known, we could have prevented this.’

Ms Burnett spoke on behalf of her mother, who has been left so traumatised by the attack she finds it hard to relive her ordeal.

‘When I went into the hospital to see for myself, I walked in and said, “that’s not my mum”. If I hadn’t known it was her, I’d have thought I was in the wrong room.

Ms Procter’s injuries were so bad, her daughter Abbie could only recognise her through her toes

Clare’s Law was created in 2014 following a campaign by Michael Brown, whose daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.

The initiative, officially called the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, was designed to provide people with information that may protect them from a potentially abusive situation.

The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner’s previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Clare Wood, 36, was strangled and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend George Appleton at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in February 2009.

The mother-of-one had met Appleton on Facebook, unaware of his horrific history of violence against women, including repeated harassment, threats and the kidnapping at knifepoint of one of his ex-girlfriends.

The family’s campaign was taken up by Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears and backed by police and Home Secretary Theresa May, who agreed to run the pilot.

‘Her toes were the only way I could recognise her as we’ve all got distinctively long toes in our family. The police said that in 15 years it’s the worst case they’d seen.’

After bludgeoning Ms Procter within inches of her life, Burton sat down to watch TV, hiding her phone so she couldn’t call for help. He took her to hospital the following day and told her to lie to doctors about how she got her injuries.

Despite being told Ms Procter had an accident after getting drunk, the severe wounds aroused suspicion from nurses, who asked her if she had been attacked by her partner. Eventually, Ms Procter opened up to them about what happened and police were called.

Her daughter said: ‘I thought I was going to lose her. It was touch and go for a while. For a long time after it was all I could see when I closed my eyes.

‘A psychiatrist who checked her over later said mum will never be the same again. 

‘She still needs an operation on her jaw and has teeth missing, so needs dentures. Her vision is still not 100% she does look really different.

‘An old school friend she hadn’t seen in years wouldn’t recognise her.’

Ms Procter’s family asked local media to publish the photos of her in hospital to show the extent of domestic abuse.

‘We want people to know about Clare’s Law and to get help if you are scared,’ Ms Burnett added.

‘After the incident, mum said she had already started feeling scared of him a few weeks before. Maybe if she had told us we could have helped her.

‘He can’t get away with another incident like this – he’s a monster.’ 

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