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

Poetry, Poems and Songs Shared by Other Visitors

Click below to see contributions of poetry, poems, and songs from other visitors to this page.

I Miss You and I Don't Want To... M. Speaks 
I miss you, and I don't want to. I must be crazy or desperate or both. I feel so lonely. Even your embrace, I tell myself, would make me feel better. …

Domestic Violence Poem from Patrick Jonathan Derilus Not rated yet
My name's Patrick Jonathan Derilus. I'm a writer. I write poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction narratives and essays. About the poem: …

Tearing Apart Not rated yet
I lay here tearing myself apart piece by piece because you tear me apart piece by piece. You don't know how to express your anger positively such as punching …

Dad Psychologically, Emotionally, Physically Abusing Son and Other Family Members Not rated yet
Hello. My name's Patrick. I'm submitting a poem. Bio: I was born in Nyack, New York. I currently am living in Washingtonville, New York with my aunt. …

You Don't Know - A Poem About Domestic Violence and Healing Not rated yet
I was in a domestic violence marriage at the age of 19. I did not know that regardless of how much I loved this man who happened to be my first boyfriend, …

THE CONCH - Poem of Woman's inner conflicts Not rated yet
I am only - but an empty shell But O what chasms my life's trials could fill Locked within the confines of this spiral case Where once was sweetness …

Poem. A woman looking into her life's fragile expectations. Not rated yet
LITTLE DANDELION Amidst the clover carpet fields - One tiny dandelion Took shield Immature so green the shoots - and ever thirsty …

STORMY WEATHER (Poem) Not rated yet
This is a Poem that I wrote in the nineties. I did not realize then, but it was about my experiences. I have no experience at writing at all. The words …

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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