Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published: October 2020

Poems About Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence is more prevalent than many realize. People on the outside might not always see it, but far too many people live a nightmare with an abusive spouse or significant other. People are living in fear of the person who is supposed to love them. They are living through situations that bring harm to them physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s a chance to educate the public about this terrible reality. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is hope for you. You are strong, and you are worth so much more than your current situation. There are people who long to help you. We encourage you to reach out to someone you trust or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233). Someone is waiting to talk to you and help you take the next step to break free from an abusive relationship. We hope that by reading the stories of these poets, you see that you are not alone.

23 Poems About Domestic Abuse

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  1. 1. Returning Faith

    • By Lynette Gutwein
    • Published: April 2011

    in Abuse Poems

    You took away my innocence,
    My hopes, my dreams, my youth.
    You took from me my very soul.
    What could have been, I never knew.

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    As I read this Poem, it touched me very deeply because I myself can relate to the same situation and there's always HOPE! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. 2. Abuse

    • By Adri
    • Published: February 2008

    in Abuse Poems

    He pulls my hair.
    He slaps my face.
    He kicks me on the floor.

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    I can completely relate to your experience. Mine was exactly the same and my thoughts were equal to yours. I was beat 54 separate times and I never could bring myself to call the cops on him....

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  4. 3. Her Smile (Pantoum)

    in Abuse Poems

    Her smile was visible to all,
    Showing a dark secret
    From an inescapable memory
    Because of the lie she kept telling herself.

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    • Rating 4.19
  5. 4. Goodbye To You

    in Goodbye Love Poems

    I thought you were so cool.
    Boy, I was wrong.
    I feel like such a fool
    for trusting you so long.

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    • Rating 4.29
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  7. 5. Monster

    • By Trisha Ramos
    • Published: February 2006

    in Abuse Poems

    I try to rationalize
    it all
    as you
    tear

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    • Rating 4.24
  8. 6. Courage To Leave Abusive Relationship

    • By Misty Wildes
    • Published: November 2007

    in Abuse Poems

    From the depths of despair when my world fell apart,
    I felt all alone and heavy in heart.
    My life had been shattered by a tight-fisted hand.
    Who could I turn to; who'd understand?

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    • Stories 9
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    • Votes 364
    • Rating 4.55
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    Thank you-
    I am finally away from the abusive relationship I was stuck in. He was charged formally by the state and took a plea deal for the two misdemeanors when he held me against my will...

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  9. 7. They Don't Know

    in Abuse Poems

    They don't know
    About struggling through the sleepless nights, anticipating that next big fight,
    About envisioning that same depressing sight, then staring at it until daylight.

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  10. 8. Cover Girl

    • By Jasmine Rankin
    • Published: March 2013

    in Abuse Poems

    You can cover it with makeup,
    foundation caked on,
    but you can't cover the hurt;
    you can't hide the wrong.

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    • Rating 4.55
  11. 9. The Monster He's Become

    in Abuse Poems

    There was a time he loved her.
    Now it's clear there's nothing there.
    He walks around so flippantly
    With no interest or a care.

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  12. 10. While I Was Bleeding

    in Abuse Poems

    Where do I begin to explain the beating?
    You watched as I sat there bleeding,
    You never cared about my feelings.
    My hurt had no healing.

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    I was abused sexually by an older cousin. He'd put a pillow over my face, tell me to take my nickers off, and then inflict pain on my private areas. He told me he'd kill my brothers, mam, and...

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  13. 11. Battered Woman

    • By Edelwina Asinas
    • Published: April 2009

    in Abuse Poems

    Battered woman,
    When are you going to learn?
    He doesn't love you.
    You're on your own.

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    I am so glad that this poem has touched your heart. This was my life, but I wanted to reach out to the ones who are living my nightmare, hopefully they will be able to take their lives back...

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  14. 12. Eternal Sleep

    • By Raige
    • Published: October 2007

    in Abuse Poems

    A burning passion,
    An internal rage,
    A wounded animal
    Chained in a cage.

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    • Votes 46
    • Rating 4.35
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    This poem reminds me of a little boy killed by his father and stepmother. His name was Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. RIP Arthur, you did not deserve what happened to you.

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  15. 13. I Long For My Escape

    in Abuse Poems

    Lately when I wake each day,
    The sunlight hurts my eyes,
    And when I think of yesterday,
    I want to just curl up and cry.

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    • Votes 18
    • Rating 4.33
  16. 14. Running From The Bear

    in Abuse Poems

    I've spent many years now
    Running from the bear.
    Just when I think you're gone,
    You once again are there.

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    • Votes 38
    • Rating 4.21
  17. 15. To The Woman I Admire The Most

    • By Candis D. Sanders
    • Published: February 2006

    in Abuse Poems

    Being a child, you had so much pain and sorrow,
    Never knowing what would come with the light of tomorrow.
    As a teen, you fell in love with a man that I now call Dad.
    You had two children to love but still yet you were so sad.

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    • Stories 0
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    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 36
    • Rating 4.67
  18. 16. Trying To Mend A Broken Heart

    • By Rhiannon
    • Published: March 2008

    in Abuse Poems

    I talk to him,
    He talks to me.
    My heart, it swells
    And begs to be free.

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    • Stories 5
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    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 392
    • Rating 4.48
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    I am in the same boat. I do love him and I want my children to have a dad in their life, but it rips me apart knowing they will either see their mother being hurt or not have a father in...

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  19. 17. Broken

    • By Georgia Collison
    • Published: June 2008

    in Abuse Poems

    Those days were somewhat cold,
    Trying to sink away,
    Hoping not to be noticed
    So the pain would just disappear.

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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 9
    • Votes 22
    • Rating 4.41
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    This poem made me cry...

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  20. 18. The Mask

    • By Rudeenia
    • Published: July 2015

    in Abuse Poems

    The mask I wear is the face you see.
    The mask is so happy, so full of life.
    The mask I wear has eyes that look like they have never seen any evil.
    The mask I wear has a smile so beautiful.

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 286
    • Favorited 15
    • Votes 71
    • Rating 4.34
  21. 19. Did You Love Me?

    in Hurting Poems

    Did you love me?
    You would gently caress your hand across my face,
    Not punch me over and over again begging for you to stop.
    Did you love me?

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    • Stories 1
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    • Favorited 43
    • Votes 35
    • Rating 4.20
    Featured Shared Story

    I understand what your going through, but why is it so hard for us to break through? Is it because we know he's strong, or is he weak, and without me he won't go on? I'm tired of the tears I...

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  22. 20. Blind In Love

    • By Jena M. Epright
    • Published: October 28, 2021

    in Abuse Poems by Teens

    I was in love,
    But I was blind.
    Didn't notice the signs,
    Didn't notice the warnings.

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    • Stories 0
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    • Favorited 0
    • Votes 33
    • Rating 4.09

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