The first poem I ever wrote was about domestic abuse. I was thirteen years old and must have seen something on the news or television programme that made me want to put pen to paper. I couldn’t understand why one person would want to control and hurt another, emotionally, sexually or physically.
The poem has been adapted over the years, due to my better understanding of domestic abuse; it was written from the point of view of a young female.
As I got older, I became more aware that it is not only females who are victims of abuse. Males, however, maybe less likely to report this crime for fear of being seen as weak; there is a shortage of resources and skepticisim from the police, amongst other things. Also, children become victims and are left scarred by what they have seen.
I have heard and read stories of people who have turned their lives around after going through domestic abuse and I am grateful to all those people who work in the Ministry of Justice and those who give support and guidance to those who have been abused and those who do abuse.
I can only imagine what they have been through, and pray that they continue to stay strong.
Poem references: Mask – Mask, Balloon, Alphabet, She, Zero and Today
"I am not a victim. No matter what I have been through, I'm still here. I have history of victory."
Dr Steve Maraboli