EDITOR'S NOTE: The name of this domestic violence victim has been changed to protect the woman’s identity.
During the nine years of their on-and-off relationship, the father of Susan Smith’s children never hit her, but she believed he one day would.
Smith said the abuse was verbal and emotional. It began with not allowing her to see friends. Eventually she could not visit her family or leave the house, she said.
He controlled what she did and to whom she talked, Smith said.