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. 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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    • Rating 4.52
    • Poem of the Day
    Featured Shared Story

    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!

  2. 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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    • Rating 4.19
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  4. 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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    • Votes 1194
    • Rating 4.56
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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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  5. They Don't Know

    A Girl Who Was Abused For Most Of Her Life

    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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    • Votes 88
    • Rating 4.56
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  7. 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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    • 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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  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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    • Votes 146
    • Rating 4.46
  9. 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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    • Stories 20
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    • Favorited 36
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    • Rating 4.45
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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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  10. The Monster He's Become

    Poem About Domestic Violence

    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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    • Rating 4.41
  11. 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
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    • Favorited 18
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    • Rating 4.37
    Featured Shared Story

    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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  12. Running From The Bear

    Abuse And The Fear It Causes

    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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    • Favorited 3
    • Votes 30
    • Rating 4.13

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