Domestic Violence Poetry

Reading domestic violence poetry is a good way to understand the suffering caused by such acts. Such poems can help us to feel the impact of abuse, relate more closely to the human impact, and give hope, strength and encouragement to others. 

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Here is a beautiful and heart-felt domestic violence poem submitted by one of our visitors that captures the deep seated pain that domestic abuse victims identify with. 

Land of Milk & Honey 1990

It was the fields that knew me...My Identity 

This land of milk and honey...

That was never meant to be...


I knew its'population, well almost every one...

The moss the creek the sparrows ...

Blue wrens that sang their song..


The poppies on the rise..so often waved from there

They whispered your so pretty too..

Come on up and  braid us.. into your tasselled hair.


Frogs butterflies and crickets scampered from my sight ..

Why fear me little creatures that give me such delight..


The breeze the rains they visited...

A pleasure to our eyes...

But sometimes little enemies smote us from the 

skys...

Frostbites and hailstones, they left an ugly tear

Upon the population that this field did bear..


The sun so cruelly teased ..with his burning smile

My eyes in constant taunt.. by the digging flies

And did the moon take pity..upon my blistered hand

No.. not when she shone too brightly 

More toil at her command..


This Field... This Milk and Honey Land..

No longer green she be.. 

Beneath her concrete warehouses 

Where nobody can see

There buried lies the secret of my identity.

- By Carmel of Australia

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Other Sources of Domestic Violence Poetry

Women Against Domestic Violence has featured a number of different poets at their website. Check it out at http://wadv.org/poetry.htm

Break the Cycle empowers youth to end domestic violence. Check out their list of poetry: http://www.breakthecycle.org/blog/poems-about-domestic-violence.

Poetry is often used by domestic violence organizations to draw attention to the impact of abuse. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) includes a poem in it's annual Domestic Violence Awareness month. Kimberly A. Collins' Remember My Name written in 1995 has been inspiring victims for many years now. Read the her poem at the NRCDV website here: http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/themes/dvap/Artwork-Files/POEM.pdf.

Poetry can also be a means of communication and journaling for those who are suffering abuse. An example of someone using domestic abuse poetry to express themselves is found in the Domestic "Abuse Poem" at http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/domestic-violence. As the writer describes it, this poem is from the mouth of one being abused, and the writer ponders on the question:

"I wonder if this is how my life will be from now until I die?"

This is the question that so many suffering from abuse have. The only way to answer this question is to stop the cycle of domestic violence by seeking help from a reputable domestic violence shelter or abuse hotline