Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published: October 9, 2020

Poems About Being In An Abusive Relationship

20 Poems About Being In An Abusive Relationship

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.

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  1. Abuse

    • By Adri
    • Published: February 2008
    Domestic Violence Poem

    in Abuse Poems

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

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    • Rating 4.45
    Featured Shared Story

    I find this to be true. I lived under an abusive household of my father to my mother. Back in the day, you kept your mouth shut. What goes on in the household stays there. After leaving home,...

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  2. Returning Faith

    • By Lynette Gutwein
    • Published: April 2011
    Poem By A Victim And Survivor Of Domestic Violence

    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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    • Stories 6
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    • Votes 720
    • Rating 4.53
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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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  4. 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 8
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    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 646
    • Rating 4.53
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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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  5. While I Was Bleeding

    Don't Stay In An Abusive Relationship

    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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    • Stories 16
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    • Favorited 29
    • Votes 1177
    • Rating 4.57
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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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  7. Trying To Mend A Broken Heart

    • By Rhiannon
    • Published: March 2008
    Abuse By Boyfriend Poem

    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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    • Rating 4.41
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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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  8. Battered Woman

    • By Edelwina Asinas
    • Published: April 2009
    Finding The Courage To Leave An Abusive Relationship

    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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    • Stories 2
    • Shares 735
    • Favorited 17
    • Votes 402
    • Rating 4.37
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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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  9. Her Smile (Pantoum)

    Pushing The Pain Aside

    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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    • Votes 209
    • Rating 4.22
  10. 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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    • Votes 145
    • Rating 4.47
  11. The Mask

    • By Rudeenia
    • Published: July 2015
    Poem About Covering The Pain Of Abuse

    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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    • Favorited 14
    • Votes 120
    • Rating 4.45
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  12. Scars

    • By Jennifer Michelle Jones
    • Published: April 2009
    I'm Afraid Of You

    in Abuse Poems

    I've been with you far too long
    and all you did was treat me wrong.
    I loved and cared and catered to you;
    I lost my mind and all you'll find

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 201
    • Favorited 11
    • Votes 170
    • Rating 4.34

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