71+ Best Domestic Violence Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational domestic violence quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Domestic Violence Quotes

You are not the darkness you endured. You are the light that refused to surrender. John Mark Green

Women initiate most domestic violence. Dov Charney

You can recognize survivors of abuse by their courage. When silence is so very inviting, they step forward and share their truth so others know they aren’t alone. Jeanne McElvaney

At the beginning, I wasn’t aware of some of the stuff that goes on. Now, I have a heightened awareness of domestic violence and how to spot it. Danielle Jones

Trauma may happen to you, but it can never define you. Melinda Longtin

The time when domestic violence is the most lethal is when the person is trying to leave the situation. Julie Johnston

It doesn’t matter how rich or poor a person is, what gender or social class, or how much fame or education she possesses. Verbal, mental, and physical abuse can happen to anyone. It doesn’t matter what a woman’s ethnicity is because the only distinguishing color of abuse is black and blue. La Toya Jackson

Even child abuse specialists do not routinely screen for domestic violence. This shows how much more education we need to do, even among experts, to understand the known links between violence of the child and the parent. Jocelyn Brown

Never let someone who contributes so little to a relationship control so much of it.

Domestic abuse is wrong, but domestic retribution is okay. Dov Davidoff

It is not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on the mind. Aisha Mirza

Domestic violence can be so easy for people to ignore, as it often happens without any witnesses and it is sometimes easier not to get involved. Yet, by publicly speaking out against domestic violence, together we can challenge attitudes towards violence in the home and show that domestic violence is a crime and not merely unacceptable. Honor Blackman

The best revenge is creating your own happiness despite a person’s wish to take you down. Melinda Longtin

If the numbers we see in domestic violence were applied to terrorism or gang violence, the entire country would be up in arms, and it would be the lead story on the news every night. Rep. Mark Green

Please know that you can get out and it will not always be an easy road, and it will be lonely at times. But it only gets better, life is too beautiful to live it trapped and abused and hiding under the shame of it all. Overcoming the Stigma of Intimate Partner Abuse

No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse. Women have to feel like they are not alone. Salma Hayek

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do Brené Brown

There is a subconscious way of taking violence as a way of expression, as a normality, and it has a lot of effects in the youth in the way they absorb education and what they hope to get out of life. Salma Hayek

In addition to reaching out for help, you will also need to reach within yourself. Your biggest ally will be your emotions. Through them, you will learn more about what really happened to you, how the abuse affected you, and what you need to do in order to heal. Your emotions will enable you to reclaim the self you long ago hid away. Beverly Engel

A lot of people think that domestic violence is if someone hits, kicks, or punches you. Robin McGraw

Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you. Cody Kennedy

From what I’ve been told, the scariest part of being part of a domestic abuse relationship is the idea that you cannot escape and you cannot get help, that feeling of being stuck. Kerry Washington

If you want to know where to find your contribution to the world, look at your wounds. When you learn how to heal them, teach others. Emily Maroutian

Domestic violence is the front line of the war against women.Pearl Cleage

Abuse is the weakest expression of strength. It is a weakness to destroy what you ought to protect, build, and make better. Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture. Charlotte Bunch

One day, I plan to love so loudly, my body abandons every demon harvesting me. Arati Warrior

A domestic violence advocate can help you discern your level of risk from your abuser and whether you should get a civil restraining order. Caroline Abbott

The enemy doesn’t stand a chance when the victim decides to survive. Rae Smith

The main reason they were homeless and in crisis was because of domestic violence. Connie Phillips

Grief does not demand pity; It requests acknowledgment. Jude Gibbs

One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under recognized pandemics of our time. Nicole Kidman

Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is brave even if you stumble a little on your way out the door

All violence consists of some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do. Leo Tolstoy

If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere. Aysha Taryam

You survived the abuse. You’re gonna survive the recovery. Olivia Benson

Victims of domestic violence need assistance and deserve justice, I commend the crime unit’s efforts to put offenders behind bars and reach out to victims. Bob Riley

Survivors of abuse show us the strength of their personal spirit every time they smile. Jeanne McElvaney

Society has seldom considered the vicarious effects of domestic violence between partners on the lives of children. Asa Don Brown

 And here you are living despite it all. Rupi Kaur​

Emotional abuse is any type of abuse that is not physical in nature. It can include everything from verbal abuse to the silent treatment, domination to subtle manipulation. Beverly Engel

Your growth comes not as you work harder to get something you don’t have, but as you live in the reality of what you have already been given. Nancy Guthrie

We’re number one in domestic violence homicides. We also have a high rate of alcohol abuse and drug abuse and there’s a high lethality rate when you get those factors involved, so the shelter has 52 beds, certainly it is never empty. Diana Burch

Survivor Psalm: I have been victimized. I was in a fight that was not a fair fight. I did not ask for the fight. I lost. There is no shame in losing such fights. I have reached the stage of survivor and am no longer a slave of victim status. I look back with sadness rather than hate. I look forward with hope rather than despair. I may never forget, but I need not constantly remember. I was a victim. I am a survivor.

Domestic violence is any behavior involving physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse. It is any form of aggression intended to hurt, damage, or kill an intimate person. Asa Don Brown

Our wounds are our sources of growth. Rachel Naomi Remen​

It’s incredibly dangerous to leave an abuser, because the final step in the domestic violence pattern is: kill her. Leslie Morgan Steiner

Abusers  they’ll manipulate and they’ll lie to you. And when you no longer give them that power, they’ll try to manipulate your family or the people close to you instead. Abusers want everyone to hate you just as much as they do. It’s sick. Their lack of morals and integrity is sick. The amount of hate they harbor in their hearts is sick, as are their psychopathic or sociopathic traits. LaTasha Tacha B. Braxton

Long term domestic violence: Being abused in this manner is like being kidnapped and tortured for ransom but you will never have enough to pay off the kidnapper. Rebecca J. Burns

Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose. Michelle Rosenthall​

Domestic violence is a criminal matter and needs to stay in criminal court. Too often, judges see charges of domestic violence as a ploy to get custody and send the case to family court. Catherine Campbell

To be rendered powerless doesn’t destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength. ​Hannah Gadsby

Domestic violence is frequently excused when alcohol and other substances are involved. Asa Dan Brown

When it comes to abuse, you believe there’s no way out. There is always help. There is always a way out. Rev. Donna Mulvey

I am living in hell from one day to the next. But there is nothing I can do to escape. I don’t know where I would go if I did. I feel utterly powerless, and that feeling is my prison. I entered of my own free will, I locked the door, and I threw away the key. Haruki Murakami

Why didn’t I report it? Because when you are sexually assaulted by a relative, it’s terribly complicated. Initially, I felt shocked, numb, and powerless. Keep in mind, sexual assault is an act of violence; not sex. In addition, sexual assault is about power. It’s common for victims to feel helpless. Dana Arcuri

Women trapped in violent relationships need to know that there’s no shame in talking out and walking out on their abusive partners. Kate Thornton

The more that we choose not to talk about domestic violence, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose. Russell Wilson

Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return. It is estimated that approximately 3 million incidents of domestic violence are reported each year in the United States. Dianne Feinstein

At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end. Christine Mason Miller

Women initiate most domestic violence, yet out of a thousand cases of domestic violence, maybe one is involving a man. And this has made a victim of culture out of women. Dov Charney

I realize now I am a survivor. I am a stronger woman for opening my eyes and stepping away from someone who didn’t respect themselves and would never respect me. Lori

Few people who are hit once by someone they love respond in the way they might to a singular physical assault by a stranger. Bell Hooks

Today I wore a pair of faded old jeans and a plain grey baggy shirt. I hadn’t even taken a shower, and I did not put on an ounce of makeup. I grabbed a worn out black oversized jacket to cover myself with even though it is warm outside. I have made conscious decisions lately to look like less of what I felt a male would want to see. I want to disappear. Sierra D. Waters

Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return. Dianne Feinstein

I was heartbroken, scared, I had a lot of anxiety, I was worried, I felt weak, and I had no idea how I was ever going to come up with the strength. But I just closed my eyes and took a blind leap. I knew I had to get out of there. Bob Casey Jr

Domestic violence occurs because of social power structures where the roles of men and women are predefined, and domestic violence is how that power is played out. Inhe Choi

You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery. Mariska Hargitay

Where is the political prisoner movement for those women who are imprisoned for retaliating against abusive fathers, unless, lovers, and others? I think the absence of these types of campaigns speaks volumes about our movement’s gender politics. Kai Lumumba Barrow

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. ​Rikki Rogers

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