She had lived next door to Anthony Breame, 34, in Oldham for 13 years, but their relationship had only recently shifted to being more than just friends.
Despite the initial shock, the new couple were delighted to be expecting and couldn't wait to become a family.
But things took a dark turn when, soon after, Penny heard rumours about Breame, a mechanic, having a violent past.
Concerned for her and her unborn baby's welfare, she applied for the Clare's Law scheme at her local police station.
Penny, 34, already a mum-of-one, was shocked to discover Breame had previous convictions and broke off their relationship.
Later that year, after she gave birth to their daughter in May 2021, she kept her distance.
But that July, Breame showed up at her home and launched a series of horrifying attacks, breaking her jaw, holding a knife to her neck and beating her unconscious.
In April last year, Breame was sentenced to 10 years.
Penny, a stay-at-home mum, says: “When Anthony attacked me I thought I was going to die.