Inspirational survivor Saliha Rashid is now hoping to become a barrister after landing a top university degree.
The 21-year-old campaigner, who is registered blind, is a survivor of honour-based abuse.
And she has used her experiences to campaign for the rights of Asian women at a national level by speaking at the House of Lords.
She was presented with her first-class degree in psychology at Leeds Trinity University, in Horsforth.
Saliha, who fled from her family during her first year at university, is hoping to become a barrister in the field of criminal and human rights law.
She said: “It is unbelievable and I still have to pinch myself when I say that I have got a first degree.
“Everything in my life was controlled from the friends I had to where I went.
“I couldn’t have a phone until I was 18 and everything was in my family’s control.
“I made three attempts to leave but when I left two years ago that was the last time.
“Three years ago, I considered withdrawing from university.
“I was told that because I am blind and an Asian woman, I cannot have big aspirations.
“But something inside me said no.”
Saliha is also a volunteer for West Yorkshire charity Karma Nirvana and often provides support and advice to women who are struggling with honour-based violence and abuse.
Saliha added: “It is very empowering and I am inspired by every single survivor I speak to.
“It was a challenge to cope with my university work and I never thought that this would be possible.
“I did it and I don’t regret anything.
“I now realise that the world is my oyster and I can follow my dreams.”