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Model held captive by abusive boyfriend rescued after using selfie of badly beaten face

June 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Model held captive by abusive boyfriend rescued after using selfie of badly beaten face

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British model Martha Dolak who was held captive by abusive boyfriend rescued after using selfie of badly beaten face

A British model bravely saved herself from a deadly hostage situation after she secretly sent a selfie of her bruised, beaten face to a friend.

Martha Dolak, 31, has chosen to speak out about the frightening experience to raise awareness for those suffering from domestic abuse, as the man who held her hostage was her abusive boyfriend for more than a year.

Dolak claimed that her boyfriend, Michael Goodwin, 30, grew angry at her after he saw a message from a friend trying to convince her to break up with him, The Sun reported.

He then proceeded to lock her in his South London apartment for 21 hours last October.

“When he saw the message he was livid. I was terrified so I tried to get my things and go,” Dolak told The Sun in an interview.

“He told me I couldn’t leave and locked the doors.”

Dolak tried made a break for the window, but fell unconscious when Goodwin caught her and kicked her in the head, causing “excruciating pain.”

Goodwin’s two young children were in the next room over when the beating took place.

Dolak’s ex Michael Goodwin, pictured here posing with a gun to his own head in a social media photo, was sentenced to over four years in prison. (North News and Pictures)

Dolak later woke up, barely able to move and with a painful headache.

It was later revealed that she had sustained a skull fracture, brain hemorrhaging, and permanent damage to the optical nerve.

“I couldn’t lift my head up. My eye wouldn’t open, and my face felt thick with blood.”

Dolak said she reached for her phone to take snap a selfie and inspect the damage and was horrified at what she saw.

She secretly sent the picture to a friend, who called Dolak’s parents. The woman’s father then went straight to the police.

Dolak’s injuries included a skull fracture, brain hemorrhaging, and permanent damage to an optical nerve. (North News and Pictures)

Goodwin left the apartment shortly afterward, only to come back and bring Dolak to a hospital. He made her tell the doctors that she had fallen down the stairs, but once authorities arrived, she told them the truth.

The selfie she secretly took in Goodwin’s apartment helped convict him of abuse, and he was sentenced to four years and three months behind bars.

Now, Dolak is speaking out to inform others that domestic abuse can “happen to anyone.”

“I thought I’m smart, have a degree, am independent and see myself as a feminist, that I would be able to see it. But domestic violence does not choose someone based on those things.”

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