He seemed to take forever to get ready. He kept yelling, as usual.
“When will you ever learn to fry an egg? Useless woman!”
“How many times have I to teach you how to fold a d*** shirt?
Today, I was so tempted to answer back. But I bit my tongue. I knew it was my last day there.
At last, he left.
When his car was out of sight, I turned on the gas, took my bag and shut the door behind me.
A creature of habit, the moment he got into the house, he would light a cigarette!
Domestic violence is a very present reality for many women all over the world. We often wonder why women stay on in relationships in which they are abused. A blogger friend of mine, herself a victim, shared her story on Everyday Gyaan in her post, Why Do We Stay?
In my story today, I’ve tried to capture the fear and anger of a victim. However, this one has made a choice to escape. She also made a choice to have her revenge. I’m not advocating violence and revenge against the perpetrators of domestic violence. But sometimes, victims are driven to violence – this is a reality, but rare.
In most cases, like my that of my friend, Kim Sisto Robinson’s sister, the violence ends in the tragic death of the victim. Kim in her blog, My Inner Chick is constantly urging us to speak out for the victims – to be the voice of the voiceless. Please read her post ‘Silence Is A Killer‘ and take the pledge to never be silent again.
- Police’s response to victims of domestic violence is lamentable. Want to help? Here’s how (telegraph.co.uk)
- Domestic Violence (andersonwmst.wordpress.com)
- Every Domestic Violence Survivor Deserves Safe Housing (washingtonlegalclinic.wordpress.com)