This poem is part of the series on the global exploitation of women.
Domestic Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
- Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
- Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a male intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.There is evidence that advocacy and empowerment counseling interventions, as well as home visitation, are promising in preventing or reducing intimate partner violence against women.
You are broken and torn apart
at multiple places
not an inch has been left on your soul
which has not been
branded by his violent displays
You weep and yelp
at the slightest of his touch
bleeding like a soulless animal
you are dragged everywhere
Your heart wrenching
and blood-curdling screams
are falling on the
He is driven by his fear and anger
to brandish your body and soul
to trademark every tear
You wake up next day
salvaging your last dregs of sanity
gather yourself again
to relive again the hellish reality
You cover and hide your bruises
under your makeup
when the scars are tattooed on your soul
they don’t need a shakeup
You try to justify his every act
to balance with lost love
once you had
how he must be having a hard day
before he devoured you
with all the anger he had
You are masking your emotions
with that fake smile
and empty heart
when it will start again.
Every pore in your body
begets the revenge
till you are knocked down
by his strong hand
You wish his existence to be
a glitch in nature
a ripple in time
which can take him back again
So you don’t have to face the mirror
to see his broken love
written on your face
all over again.
United States National Hotlines
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling.