Alesha Dixon
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Domestic violence 'every child's nightmare'

16 March 2012 Last updated at 17:28 GMT

Alesha Dixon has been speaking about experiencing domestic violence when she was a child.

She describes how, aged seven, she saw her mum abused by a violent partner, for three years.

She says: "When you see the person you love most in the world being hurt like that... It's horrific, I think it's every child's nightmare."

Alesha was speaking to Newsround for Behind Closed Doors, a special programme about domestic violence.

The programme also hears from one of London's top police officers, Chief Superintendant John Sutherland - who says domestic violence is "the single greatest cause of harm that we have in our time".

Behind Closed Doors - A Newsround Special is on BBC One on Monday 19 March at 5pm.