BY the age of 17, Jayden Parkinson had lived a more chaotic life than most teenagers.
Born in Ashford, Kent, in September 1996, she grew up near Folkestone, moved to Lancashire for a year, then when her parents split up, moved to Berinsfield with her mum Samantha Shrewsbury.
Then in 2005 she moved back to Lancashire with her siblings because her big sister Sharday was being bullied by children in the village.
A few years later she moved back to Didcot to live with her mum and her partner Dean Jones, joining Didcot Girls’ School in Year 10.
School counsellor Amy Widdowson said Jayden would frequently spend lunchtimes with her, just sat drawing pictures, rather than with other girls.
Jayden was just 16 when she started going out with the abusive, controlling Ben Blakeley, five years her senior.
Oxford psychotherapist Colin Wels said Blakeley’s draw for Jayden pointed to a lack of stability in her upbringing.
He said: “I would suggest her home life was pretty chaotic.”
After being with Blakeley for just less than a year, Jayden moved out of home to the One Foot Forward hostel in Iffley Road, Oxford.
She told youth workers at the hostel she had lost all her friends because of her relationship with Blakeley.
Mr Wels said: “A lot of my clients are in abusive relationships, desperately wanting to leave, and they’ll say to me ‘that’s it, I have had enough’, then next week they’ll go back.
“It operates like an addiction, all you can do is help them through.”
Mr Wels said there was no one thing anyone could do to help a friend get out of an abusive relationship.
He said: “Sometimes, it’s best just to listen, help someone understand for themselves.”
Jayden’s mum, Samantha, is now launching a charity for victims of domestic abuse called Jayden’s Gift.
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8:00am Saturday 18th April 2015
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12:30pm Friday 17th April 2015
THE mother of murdered Jayden Parkinson said she hoped her daughter’s memorial garden would be a place for the community.
8:30am Monday 23rd March 2015
TWO men accused of taking part in a brawl involving the killer of Jayden Parkinson have been acquitted.
9:00am Wednesday 11th March 2015
THE mother of Jayden Parkinson said she will never “forget or forgive” Jake Blakeley for helping bury the body of her murdered daughter.
6:50pm Tuesday 10th March 2015
THE mother of Jayden Parkinson today said time would never "erase the evil" of her murder as Jake Blakeley was jailed for three years.
9:00am Wednesday 4th February 2015
THE mother of murdered Jayden Parkinson told Jake Blakeley she hopes her teenage daughter ‘haunts his dreams’.
11:58am Tuesday 3rd February 2015
JAKE Blakeley is innocent of knowingly helping his older brother Ben bury the body of murdered Jayden Parkinson, a judge has ruled.
5:49pm Wednesday 28th January 2015
THE jury in the trial of Jake Blakeley will continue considering its verdict on Tuesday.
2:57pm Tuesday 27th January 2015
THE jury in the Jake Blakeley trial has been sent home for the night.
8:30am Tuesday 27th January 2015
A TEENAGER accused of knowingly digging holes to bury murdered Jayden Parkinson has been "playing stupid to win over the jury", the prosecution said.