He’s drunk again. I see the black and blue outcome. There is no where to hide. He pays the bills. He puts food in the children’s mouths. If I run, his heavy hand will find us. The beatings are necessary – for them.
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OMG! You captured the terror of domestic abuse. Excellent writing.
Thank you. There is a shitty-ness, for a lack of better terms, to being able to capture the truth of it this well – one must witness or experience it. I watched it most of my childhood. Most people can’t understand that choice isn’t always available.
I agree with you, and it is indeed a terrible thing to witness.
The truth is sometimes so difficult to face. Thanks for keeping it real.
The truth sucks ass. But it is what it is. Thanks, Vic.
Sad that many have to live this way. You’ve captured it all so well!
Hey, I like your new look, btw. 🙂
Thanks, Jen. And I’m glad you like the new look 🙂 …I wasn’t sure but decided to feel it out for a bit.
Terrifying. You portray very realistically the different considerations that go into this type of situation.
It’s so much more than a woman just choosing to leave. Especially when there are little to no supports around her. Thanks, Silverleaf for stopping by.
This one really got to me this morning. Very succinctly, and accurately,put.
Thanks, girl. Sorry for such a deep ‘good morning’ to you.
Ooof. Wind. Blown. Out. Of. Me. Whoa!
It was hard to watch. I think even harder when you grow up and understand why she stayed.
Such a difficult, and sad, existence.
Yes. One can only hope for enormous strength or a bit of grace in order to get out of it.
Sigh…well written and terribly sad.
Sad story (truth?), it makes me think again why certain women prefer to stay instead of leaving.
I wish I could help more people understand why woman stay. Most of the time it’s not for her. Even if kids aren’t involved, she is scared and usually has little resources to keep her safe, if she can leave. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 Glad I could help you see things a little differently.
Yeah, thanks Dawn. 🙂
Heartbreaking, and a great counterpoint to Jo-Anne’s “Aftermath” piece. A reminder to love and not judge.
Thanks, Jennifer. Not judging isn’t easy to most. The solution seems simple, but it never is.
Life is never simple. Never as simple as we would like it to be.This is an excellent illustration of a complex situation.
Thanks so much. It’s not a pretty picture to paint or talk about but it’s the reality.
that was visceral, cut right to the heart. So well written.
Powerful, Dawn. Gut-wrenching in all the right ways.
Thanks, Genna. I wrote this really fast. Re-reading it is gut wrenching even for me.
Thank you so much.
You captured the selflessness of the situation very well, Dawn.
Humbling comment…thank you for that.
His heavy hand will find us. Powerful!
It was true. We had no where to go that he wouldn’t find us. Thanks for the read and comment.
I have lived this reality…and you captured it well. Powerful.
I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sure everyone knows at least one person who has. The statistics are discouraging. Thanks for the honest and very sweet reply.
My mother went through something very similar with my father. As it’s been said before, you did extremely well in capturing what it’s like.
So chilling, Dawn. The last sentence is shocking. I want to kick that last sentence. Well done.
A very strong piece. It’s amazing how you captured the whole essence of Domestic abuse in few lines. Hugley impressed !
Also I hope you are doing well Dawn, I’ve been away on haitus for 3-6 months. I don’t even know If you remember me ! lol I see you changed the theme and layout, Looks good.
Of course I remember you! I hope you ate well…I haven’t been writing as much myself these days. Life and a creative block keeps getting in the way. Thanks for the feedback on the new look. I recently chopped my hair too.. I was in need of a change 🙂
It was my pleasure to visit you Dawn ! I’m doing very well now that exams and study burden is over for sometime. My mind is in a good place too. Thanks for asking 🙂
Congrats on the change, Hope this change brought much positivity in your life. Wishing you happiness and see you soon 🙂 ❤