Teela Hart

Surviving Domestic Violence



I have nothing to say about this video.  It speaks for itself.


Author: Teela Hart

I am a mother, daughter, sister and domestic violence survivor.

30 thoughts on “Why?

  1. I watched it, do not apologize. People don’t understand how it happens, and those people are blessed, but without increased understanding abusers will continue to use the system to get away with their crime.


    • Thank you for saying that. I absolutely cannot turn a blind eye I am compelled to make it known and with all that is within me to help effect some kind of change. I was just sitting here second guessing myself wondering if I should just stop it all together. So thank you.


  2. This is just awful. Took me back down (bad) memory lane. It’s crazy. I’m just glad he was handed that hefty sentence. My jaw is still on the floor though…


    • Unfortunately it’s real, and happens every day. I’m sorry it was your trigger. I’ve gotten a few responses like yours. I’m sorry.


      • Please don’t get me wrong. I’m glad you’re putting it out there, so please do not apologise for showing the truth! It IS reality so you are doing the right thing. I do have bad memories and nothing to my name, BUT I’m in the knowledge that I picked what was left of me up off the floor, and walked out with my 12 week old son. That moment was priceless. That was the moment I started to live again.

        Again, please don’t be sorry. Keep doing what you’re doing. Eventually the would will heal, the hurt will fade.

        Take care of yourself. x


      • Thank you, I appreciate that. It means a lot to me that you responded.


      • No problem. No matter what people’s responses are, never apologise for telling/showing the truth!
        Much love. xoxo


      • Thank you…..I did need to hear that.


  3. I did not watch. Can’t see it if it is what it says it is. I think I have developed allergies against abuse at this point. Emotional abuse more than physical abuse, for some reason. Even if the physical abuse of my ex-psychopath hurt, and sometimes was life threatening (he once knocked me unconscious), his emotional abuse always made me feel worse. I guess I have little fear of physical pain, while I cannot tackle emotional pain much if at all.


  4. Teela, you know I enjoy your posts, but I can’t watch something like that. The title alone is enough to make me sick, so I don’t need to see any of the details.

    I trust you are well. Be happy, sweetie.


    • Thank you Michael and I understand. It was not my intention to offend, but to educate.
      You are very kind-spirited and I appreciate that.


      • I was not offended in the least. There are just some things I steer clear of putting into my memory (I have a very photographic memory for images). And when I say “make me sick,” I mean literally. I get a terrible feeling in my stomach when exposed to stuff like that.

        I can read and talk about most things, but actually viewing things like that hurts my spirit.

        So, no worries, Teela. Truly. 🙂


  5. Hi Teela.. I detest this man. This actually happened not all the far away from where I live. I have the original segment in its entirety that aired on 20/20 and also if you would like so GOOD news from this story… I have an update video on Susan Still posted on my blog. You should just be able to search Susan Still and see both… the update is from Oprah’s Lifeclass. Susan and the boys are doing so much better…. It isn’t always so easy to find updates like this so as soon as I saw it, I put it up. If you’d like you can post it here. It might encourage YOU to watch it too. Especially being a mom and all.

    Love you, sweetie. Keep your chin up. 🙂


  6. 😦 So sad. I have been in two verbally abusive relationships in the past. Both were drunks. I learned from my first one though, I didn’t stay very long second time around.


  7. I worked with someone who was verbally abused, and I suspect physically abused. She decided to leave her husband when her 2 elementary age sons began to verbally abuse her. Sad! Sad! Sad!


    • My children and I receive counseling when I noticed a similar pattern. That behavior has dissipated but if I had not had it addressed I don’t know what would have happened.
      Thanks for sharing.


  8. I right there with you on the absolutely no words for this …


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