Tina Turner: woman speaks about brutal domestic abuse attack

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Martina Turner has shared her harrowing story of being stabbed 29 times and left for dead by her partner

A domestic violence survivor has spoken openly about the shocking abuse she suffered from her partner in a bid to raise awareness of the issue.

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Martina (Tina) Turner was pronounced dead by her partner Steven Wood last year after he repeatedly stabbed her.

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Wood has since been convicted of the crime and Tina spoke about her experience in the hope it will encourage others experiencing abuse to speak out.

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Tina Turner

Tina begged for her life during the attack

The attack took place in the kitchen of the couple’s Gateshead home on May 21, 2021.

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An argument between the two broke out after Tina revealed to her partner that she was going out later that day.

Wood reportedly believed his partner didn’t want to spend time with him and brutally attacked her.

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He grabbed a knife from the kitchen drawer and began stabbing Tina in the back, so hard that the knife’s blade broke before he grabbed another knife to attack her.

Wood stabbed Tina a total of 29 times, doctors later told her she was lucky to be alive after the ordeal, which saw her hospitalized with a blade still embedded in her chest.

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Of the ordeal, Tina said, “I’m not your victim, I’m a miracle.”

She said, “When I was begging for my life, when I told him we could talk about anything, he said to me, ‘No, I have to finish you off because I’m not going to jail for you.’

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“This phrase stays with me, I hear it in my head every day. I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I feel so naive, so stupid, so manipulated.”

After the attack, Wood called his son and was overheard telling him he had done something “bad” before locking Tina in the house and leaving her for dead.

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“I ignored the signs”

Tina met Steven in 2019 and the couple had lived together for a year prior to Wood’s brutal attack.

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Tina said the move was a step toward planning their future together, explaining that she’s “obsessed and so in love with Steven.”

She said she believes she’s ignored red flags for his behavior throughout their relationship, including a story of how an ex-partner left while he was at work and how another partner fell down the stairs .

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Police later told Tina that Wood’s ex-partner was actually pushed by him with a metal bar.

Tina, who previously worked in education, said: “Looking back, I think I ignored the signs. He told me he had bipolar disorder and I helped him, we went to therapy, it’s in my nature to help people but that was my downfall with him, I didn’t see the red flags and didn’t take notice.

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She continued, “He was very insecure and needed constant reassurance that I loved him for who he was. He had never been violent, but could be controlling and paranoid.

“He told me one of his exes left him while he was at work. She had just cleared the house and was gone. I wonder now if she left because she was scared of him.”

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Steven Wood

Wood convicted of attempted murder

Investigators from Northumbria Police launched an investigation into the attack on Tina shortly after the attack.

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Wood was convicted by Newcastle Crown Court on Friday July 22, having previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Tina said: “I will celebrate May 21st as my second birthday – it wasn’t the day I died, it was the day I survived.

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“My message to other people who may be in a similar position is please don’t let it get to where I am. If someone starts to intimidate you, take it seriously, don’t wait until it’s too late and they attack you.”

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