Boyfriend beat domestic abuse victim, aged 40. Her daughter couldn’t recognize her except by her TOES

  • WARNING GRAPHIC ENTIRETY: Helen Procter was 40 when her partner beat her up
  • Daniel Burton kicked her in her face and threw her against the wall in Hull in April.
  • His sentence was for grievous bodily injuries and was sent to jail for seven years.
  • When the case was brought to court, Ms. Procter learned about Burton’s history of violence. 
  • Clare’s Law is now being promoted by her. This law allows police officers to divulge a partner’s past violence to potential victims.

One woman was attacked brutally by her husband and has taken photos of the horrific injuries.

Helen Procter was 40 and thought she was happy with Daniel Burton her boyfriend for 2 years. She met Daniel 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 got aggressive during their return walk and began to drag Ms Procter in the house. In a wild outburst, he threw Ms Procter against the wall of the living room and repeatedly kicked her in the face.

Burton was caring for his elderly mother and Burton shouted at Ms Procter to get her help. 

Burton was in court January 4, and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for grievous bodily injury.

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

Helen Procter (40) was kicked in the face repeatedly by Daniel Burton, her partner. Daniel Burton, her partner, later said that she should lie to doctors to claim she was in an accident after drinking.

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

Ms. Procter is still traumatized from the incident and wants to bring awareness to Clare’s Law so that others are not subject to domestic abuse.

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

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

To raise awareness about Clare’s Law, Ms Procter now has photos of her injuries. This law allows police to reveal information about a partner in an offence and also allows them to reach out to victims that are currently feeling trapped.

Abbie Burnett, her daughter said that the relationship was a happy one. His words were very clear and I believed he would take care of my mother.

“It was only when Dan was present in court that we realized he had done such a thing before. Clare’s Law could have shown us that he was well-known for doing this. We could have stopped this if we had known.

Ms. Burnett spoke for her mother who was so traumatized by the attack that it is difficult to remember.

‘When I went to the hospital to check for myself, I came in and told them that it wasn’t my mum. I wouldn’t have believed that it wasn’t her if I didn’t know.

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

Ms. Procter suffered so severe injuries that her daughter Abbie couldn’t even recognize her from her feet.

Clare’s Law – What’s the deal? The father’s campaign reveals how you can discover your partner’s history of domestic violence.

Clare’s Law was founded in 2014 by Michael Brown after his campaign. His daughter, who was killed by Michael Brown’s ex-boyfriend, created Clare’s Law.

Officially known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVS), this initiative was created to protect people from potentially abusive situations.

This scheme permits police to reveal information on a partner’s past history of violence and domestic violence.

Clare Wood, 36 years old, was set on fire in her Salford, Greater Manchester home by George Appleton in February 2009 after she had been with George Appleton for a while.

Appleton had introduced the mother-of-1 to Appleton via Facebook. Appleton has a terrible history of violence towards women. Appleton also harassed and threatened numerous female friends, and even kidnapped one at knifepoint.

Salford MP Hazel Blears, Eccles MP and Police backed the campaign of the family and agreed to take over the pilot.

“Her toes were my only clue to her identity, since we all have distinctively long feet in our family. It’s their worst case in fifteen years.

Burton then bludgeoned Ms Procter to the point that she was within an inch of her death. He then sat down and watched TV. Burton also concealed her phone from her so she could not call for assistance. The next day, he took her to the hospital where he told her that she would lie about her injuries.

Ms Procter was told she suffered an injury from drinking, but the nurses noticed that her severe injuries raised suspicion. They asked her whether her partner had attacked her. After a while, Ms Procter was able to open up about the incident and they called police.

She said to her daughter, “I thought that I would lose her.” For a time, it was just touch and go. It was the only thing I could see after I shut my eyes for a while.

“Mum was told by a psychiatrist that she would never be the same.” 

She still requires a jaw operation and her teeth are missing so she needs dentures. While her vision may not be 100%, it is clear that she looks different.

“An old high school buddy she had not seen for many years would not recognise her.

To show the full extent of domestic abuse, Ms Procter’s relatives asked for photos to be published by local media.

Ms Burnett said, “We want people know Clare’s Law” and that they can get help if they are afraid.

“Mum said that she was already scared of her son a couple weeks prior to the incident. Perhaps if she’d told us, we might have been able to help her.

He can’t escape with another instance like this, he’s an absolute monster.