Abuse Poems

Abuse Poems

Thank You to the Victims who have shared their stories

The trauma of abuse is never fully gone from a person's consciousness. Its filthy stain leaves its residue on the soul forever. However, like all bad experiences, it is possible to turn this experience into good by developing compassion and empathy for others who have been through this experience. Many people feel that bringing meaning to a traumatic experience is a path to healing. When I turn a negative experience into a tool that brings meaning into my life and others, I am taking the best kind of revenge on my abuser.

40 Sad Poems on Abuse

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  1. 1. No Way Out From Sexual Abuse

    I'm 17 and have been sexually abused for 8 years. It's still not over it completely, and the future doesn't seem too good. So for anyone in my position, please don't feel alone because I know what it feels like. I hope that for every abused child out there everything will be okay. Just don't ever give up the fight because you've done nothing wrong. I just wish someone, somewhere, would try and understand. I know it's hard to be happy...it's the hardest thing in the world. So I wrote this poem to express how I feel. I hope you like it.


    • By Louise
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008 with permission of the Author.

    He came into my life
    when I was just a little girl.
    I was happy and young,
    And then he changed my world.

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    So many stories, and yet only one story repeated over and over again in different contexts perhaps, but we all share the crushing sadness of having someone we love betray us and leave us...

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  2. 2. Speechless

    I made this because of personal reasons.
    But I love this poem and would like to touch many people's hearts.
    I fight against child abuse!


    • By Kyra Lee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007 with permission of the Author.

    My name is Sasha.
    My sister is Leigh.
    I am six,
    And she is three.

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    Hi...this poem is so heartfelt to me. I'm currently living with my foster parents from an abusive home. My past is full of rape, physical and mental abuse. I was also used for drugs by my...

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  3. 3. Abuse

    From the mouth of a woman being abused by her spouse, "I wonder if this is how my life will be from now until I die."


    • By Adri
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2008 with permission of the Author.

    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. 4. Returning Faith

    I was the victim of domestic violence for 14 years. I am now free and a survivor. Healing takes time. Scars will always remain. Yet I am not held hostage anymore!

    • By Lynette Gutwein
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011 with permission of the Author.

    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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  5. 5. Unmasked

    I was sexually abused by my brother during my childhood. Dividing my inner self from the "me" I show the world has allowed me to rise to success in many areas: social, economic, and academic. Yet, it is this driving force which isolates; it creates a giant wall between myself and the people around me. They think I am beautiful, successful, lucky. The guilt and pain I perpetually endure as a result of the abuse makes me feel as though I am living a double life.

    • By Bruk Linn
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018 with permission of the Author.

    Don't believe my words;
    they're lies that I fabricate to
    project a perfect life and
    convince you I'm okay.

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    I feel this pain deep within my heart when I read this poem over and over again. I’m currently living with my mom and she can make every second of my life a living hell if I don’t do what she...

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  6. 6. The Hunter Of Utterance Of Destruction

    Verbal abuse poem. This poem was written about people who utter words that are destructive to friendships and relationships.

    • By Bet Dotson
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2007 with permission of the Author.

    He's the hunter of utterance of destruction
    He sleeps when I'm awake
    I long to hear him whisper
    To give my ears a break

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    That poem was so deep and thoughtful. I can tell that the author put much effort into it to write it. It inspired me because I have been verbally bullied before and I like to write poems...

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  7. 7. Love Hurts

    My first relationship was with an older man who abused me mentally. I don't think he realized how bad off I was. Being so young and madly in "love," I kept coming back.

    • By Kaylee
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2016 with permission of the Author.

    I don't get how you can't see
    All the things you did to me.
    If only you knew
    All the pain you put me through.

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  8. 8. Her Smile (Pantoum)

    This is an example of a pantoum, which is a form of poetry that uses a lot of repeated lines. Too many times I have used my smile to trick people into thinking everything was okay with me, even when it felt like everything inside was falling apart. That is what this poem is about. I tried showing others that I was happy, but there was still something inside of me that continued eating away at that smile.

    • By Tynea Lewis
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2018 with permission of the Author.

    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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  9. 9. Hush Little Sister

    I was abused from the age of four by my family, as was my older sister, who died from the abuse. I am now twenty-one, and this poem is what I sometimes wondered about - if she was looking down on me and helping me survive. When I was rescued at the age of twelve, I was encouraged to write down my feelings, and this poem was something I created back then. This is the first time I've shown it to anyone, and I dedicate this poem to my sister, whom I hope is at peace.

    • By Yerzinia
    • Published by Family Friend Poems April 2009 with permission of the Author.

    Hush, little sister
    Please don't cry
    I wish I could be there
    To sing you a lullaby

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    I was abused from age 9-11 by my father. He'd abused other family members before me, like my siblings, all of whom had left him, leaving only me and my little sister still seeing him. He...

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  10. 10. Living In My World

    A heartbreaking story of abuse and neglect.

    • By Tiffany L. Holic
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2006 with permission of the Author.

    Late on the dishes, food still on the plate.
    Mommy is mad; Daddy's home late.
    I'm in the corner crying all alone,
    Wishing to myself get me out of this home.

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    My whole life, my father abused me. For as long as I can remember, he'd hit me, touch me, and say terrible things to me. I always thought I was alone. I felt like no one felt my pain. I felt...

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  11. 11. Daddy's Doll

    I wrote this poem by putting myself in the place of a young lady who shared being a victim of sexual abuse by her own father in a meeting.

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008 with permission of the Author.

    The frigerator is full of beer,
    And the couch is full of crumbs.
    I go to bed and in my head,
    I just know he's going to come.

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    I used to be my brother's doll. It was just a game to him. He hurt me and would say he loved me. I covered for him for years, both because I didn't want to remember and because I knew no one...

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  12. 12. Tears, Tears Go Away

    I was beaten by my alcoholic father as a child and molested by my uncle. No one knows these things except for a few friends and my journal. I'm depressed, and I cut often to get the pain out. I'd hate to hurt my family, so I try my hardest to stay away from suicide, but I think of it daily...that is the story behind my tears.

    • By Stephany Manfull
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2013 with permission of the Author.

    Tears, tears go away.
    Why must you come back almost every day?
    You remind me of my pain.
    You remind me of my past.

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    You're definitely not alone in your suffering. Like you, I was abused by my stepfather and an uncle and have struggled daily to deal with the pain. I was in the third grade when mine started...

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  13. 13. The Little Girl Lay So Still

    I was abused at an early age of 5. When I was 5 I found out my sister was abused, too. She was 12 at the time. The day I wrote this poem I gave it to my husband to read. He cried as he said that he never really understood the pain of the victim until that moment. This seemed to help me deal with the pain in a new way. I could finally talk about it freely with him.

    • By Angielogie
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2011 with permission of the Author.

    The little girl lay so still
    While you crept into her bed
    She pretended not to notice you
    While she sang into her head

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  14. 14. The Unknown Murder

    I am 15. I have been raped from when I was 5 years old to the day I turned 14 by my grandfather. I have been working on making my victim impact statement for court, and when I had to describe what this rape felt like.. all I could think of was murder. So this poem is a comparison between rape and murder. And in a way, he did murder me. He ruined the real me. The old me. The me that wasn't shy, that didn't have anxiety, was always happy... but now she is gone and nobody knew for years.

    • By Samantha Jay
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2018 with permission of the Author.

    There once was a murder,
    But this one has a twist.
    The victim was my innocence,
    Stolen through his fist.

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    I feel like you've put everything that i have been feeling into words. I have been struggling to express what the abuse I endured from my ex felt like, and your poem has done that for me....

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  15. 15. Inner Child

    To the hurting child in each of us who've suffered the horrors of abuse.

    • By Kate
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Hello Dear Jesus,
    It's been a long, long time.
    I hope that you still know me,
    I've been hiding quite awhile.

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    What a beautiful poem .. I'm almost 21 and I got molested when I was in 7th grade until my freshman year by my mother's husband. Forced to do things no angel should.. And all he said was that...

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  16. 16. The Nightmare Of Abuse

    This poem was written to get out all the emotions of what happened in my childhood. I needed to do something to make me feel like I wasn't alone anymore. I hope it helps others to realize they don't have to be alone.

    • By Terri Edwards-Russell
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2012 with permission of the Author.

    How are you feeling? What's going through your mind?
    Is that dream you're dreaming hurting deep inside?
    You wake up hearing yelling, yelling in your room,
    You wonder who it is, then you realize it is you.

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    It happened to me as a small child from 5 till I was 8 by my great uncle. I never told anyone. Now I'm a mom and 33. I fail at relationships.and don't trust letting my kids with most guys....

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  17. 17. The Monster He's Become

    This is a personal poem which I wrote describing what it is like living in an abusive situation.

    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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  18. 18. The Child Within

    I wrote this poem after attending a meeting that centered on dealing with issues that stemmed from growing up in an Alcoholic home. At first it hurt but in the end it was worth it.

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I'm reminiscing and I'm missing,
    The childhood I never had.
    I'm triggering and I'm figuring,
    There were reasons to be sad.

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  19. 19. Courage To Leave Abusive Relationship

    This powerful poem delves into the heart-wrenching journey of leaving an abusive relationship. It serves as a beacon of strength and courage for those who have found themselves trapped in toxic dynamics. Through heartfelt verses, the poem explores the process of breaking free, finding inner resolve, and embracing a brighter future. With profound insight and emotional depth, it sheds light on the struggles, the resilience, and the transformative power of choosing to leave an abusive relationship.

    • By Misty Wildes
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2007 with permission of the Author.

    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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    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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  20. 20. I Never Asked You To Be My Dad

    As I've grown older I've come to realize that alcoholism is a disease. However, the fact that alcoholism is a disease does nothing to help all the young children who are abused on a daily basis by alcoholic parents. Let's pray they get the help they desperately need.

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I never asked you to be my Dad,
    To slap me around and treat me so bad.
    I never asked you to drink alcohol,
    I never asked for anything at all.

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    Your poems really touched me. I have a dad who drinks and parties a lot on weekdays. My brother and I don't like it at all. He beats me when he's drunk. I cry at night wishing my late mom can...

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