Malin Andersson Shares Pictures Of Her Bruises As She Issues Warning About Domestic Abuse
The 26-year-old former dating show contestant took to social media to warn fans about the dangers of being in an abusive relationship.
Sharing an image of her arm with a deep purple bruise on it, she said she would share further details of her story in her own time, but wanted to speak out to raise awareness.
She wrote: "*TRIGGER WARNING*. So I wanted to share this post with you all as it's NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. It's all a bit raw for me but I wanted to raise awareness for domestic abuse.
"I just want to post traits and warning signs so you can recognise them before it's too late. I will open up fully and share my story once I come to terms with it all and I hope you understand.
"Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It's not just punches and black eyes; it's yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation.
"It's stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it."
It is not known when the picture was taken.
In her post, Malin also shared a list of traits to look out for in a narcissist, as well as a list of how people feel when in a narcissistic relationship.
These include "not good enough," "hopeless," and "mentally exhausted".
She shared a link to Women's Aid's hotline, recommending that going on a Freedom Course helped her "massively".
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible," she signed off.
As Malin shared the candid post, she was flooded of messages of praise and support.
Her Love Island co-star Kady McDermott said: "So amazing that you are using your platform to speak so openly about such a personal topic, you'll help so many by this! Proud".
While another fan added: "You are so strong! With all you have gone through you are still standing, smiling and helping others. You are the type of person I would want my daughter to look up to!"
A third agreed, joining many by telling her own story in the comments.
"For the longest time i didn't realize i was in this situation...,' she said. "When i did, i couldn't believe it. I always thought i was strong and that it would never happen to me. With strength and the friends/family empowerment behind me, i finally left.
"I pray that anyone in this situation can find the strength to leave. We are more powerful than we give ourself credit for".
Malin has had an exceptionally tough few years, having lost her daughter Consy in January after she was born seven months premature.
She had also lost both her parents to cancer by the age of 25.
On World Mental Health Day, she bravely revealed she had tried to take her now life after Consy's death, and his since made it her mission to help others going through similar heartache, working with charities and sharing her story on social media.
What an inspiration.
If you have been affected by this story, contact Women's Aid hotline on 0808 2000 247.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ Malin Andersson