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Domestic Violence Quotes For Support and Strength

Every year, millions of people all over the world are victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in a situation that’s unsafe, these domestic violence quotes can help provide the type of help and support you may need.

Have you experienced domestic violence or know someone who has?

Domestic violence can be one of the most difficult types of situations to talk about and to escape from.

And, sadly, it can happen to anyone – women, men, children, between spouses and even friends. No one is immune to domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is in a situation that’s unsafe, these domestic violence quotes can hopefully encourage you or them to seek the necessary support and resources to get yourself or the person you know out.

And, if you are a survivor of domestic violence, then these quotes can help remind you of your strength. 

Also, check out our collection of bad relationship quotes about moving on.

Domestic Violence Quotes on Courage

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

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2. “And here you are living despite it all.” — Rupi Kaur​

Domestic Violence Quotes For Strength

3. “Grief does not demand pity; It requests acknowledgment.” ― Jude Gibbs

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4. “Trauma may happen to you, but it can never define you.” ― Melinda Longtin

Domestic Violence Quotes about trauma

5. “Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.” — Cody Kennedy

Domestic Violence Quotes to give you strength

6. “All violence is the illustration of a pathetic stereotype.”– Barbara Kruger

7. “Sometimes the shame is not the beatings, not the rape. The shaming is in being asked to stand judgment.” ― Meena Kandasamy

8. “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

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

10. “Violence is a dark contrast to what so many of us still believe in – love.” – Robi Ludwig

11. “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

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

13. “Each time a woman stands up for herself without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou

Domestic Violence Quotes on Surviving

14. “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

15. “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

16. “Never believe a man’s claim that he has to harm his partner in order to protect her; only abusers think this way.”― Lundy Bancroft

17. “Physical aggression by a man toward his partner is abuse, even if it happens only once.”― Lundy Bancroft

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18. “From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, -I survived.” ― Fr. Craig Scott

19. “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

20. “The boys had always been her reason to stay, but now for the first time they were her reason to leave. She’d allowed violence to become a normal part of their life.” ― Liane Moriarty

21. “Suspicion of Abuse gets to your toes before you see it in your face.”― Auliq Ice

22. “I don’t know what kind of people you grew up with but raising your hand to the powerless is no act of manliness.”― Sarvesh Jain

23. “Leaving an abusive partner is a very difficult thing to do. It frequently feels like you are failing, or destroying your family, or not trying to work things out, or not giving your partner a second chance.” ― Blaine Nelson

24. “Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it’s because no matter what, I am a survivor, not a victim.” — Patricia Buckley

25. “Culture is no excuse for abuse.”― Davinder Kaur

Domestic Violence Quotes on Recovering

26. “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

27. “One day, I plan to love so loudly, my body abandons every demon harvesting me.” — Arati Warrier

28. “There is life after abuse. This is mine.”― Lindsay Fischer

29. “Use the darkness of your past to propel you to a brighter future.” ― Donata Joseph

30. “Domestic violence is not just perpetrated by a husband or a partner. Families too are a party to it. To my mind, violation of basic human rights by anybody around us – a parent, a sibling or a relative – is domestic violence.”― Balroop Singh

31. “You survived the abuse, you’re going to survive the recovery.” — Mariska Hargitay

32. “Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, It takes positive steps every day. Let today be the day you start to move forward.” ― Assunta Harris

33. “Raise your heart, not your hand.”― Abhijit Naskar

34. “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

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

36. “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

37. “Our wounds are our sources of growth.”— Rachel Naomi Remen

38. “You survived the abuse. You’re gonna survive the recovery.” — Olivia Benson

39. “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” – Barack Obama

Domestic Violence Quotes on Strength

40. “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

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

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

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

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

45. “Violence doesn’t equal strength.” – Becca Fitzpatrick

46. “I have the power to change my physical and emotional experience.” ― Patricia Dsouza

47. “We can all take responsibility for helping to bring about change, and keeping our friends and colleagues safe from domestic violence.” – Charles Clarke

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

49. “Threatening a current or former partner isn’t passion, or love, or heartache. It’s violence, it’s abuse and it’s a crime.”― Miya Yamanouchi

50. “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” — Carl Jung

51. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” – Mahatma Gandhi

52. “Abuse, regardless of how it manifests itself, will destroy the trust and, in the end, can destroy the relationship.” – Dr. Ramona Probasco

53. “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

54. “Domestic violence is frequently excused when alcohol and other substances are involved.” – Asa Don Brown

55. “Never let a man put his hands on you without your permission.” – Melda Beaty

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56. “Every woman who thinks she is the only victim of violence has to know that there are many more.” – Salma Hayek

57. “Sexual assault and domestic violence are difficult things to talk about. Talk about them anyway.” — Mariska Hargitay

58. “All marriages are sacred, but not all are safe.” — Rob Jackson

59. “Domestic violence is the front line of the war against women.” — Pearl Cleage

60. “The COVID-19 crisis has fueled the rise of domestic violence.”― Asa Don Brown

61. “I want to tell people that family violence happens to anybody, no matter how nice your house is, no matter how intelligent you are.” — Rosie Batty

62. “The effects of abuse are devastating and far-reaching. Domestic violence speaks many languages, has many colors and lives in many different communities.” — Sandra Pupatello

63. “[Domestic violence is] a carefully laid physical, financial and psychological trap.” — Leslie Morgan Steiner

64. “Domestic violence and sexual assault go hand in hand.” — Georgia Taylor

65. “Domestic violence is an epidemic, and yet we don’t address it. Until it happens to celebrities.” — Nelsan Ellis

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

67. “Men have an important role to play in sending out the message that real men do not hurt or abuse their partners.” — Ian Somerhalder

68. “Pregnant women are more likely to die from homicide by domestic violence than any other cause of death.” — Lois Capps

More domestic violence quotes

69. “The best protection against rape, stalking, and domestic violence is to raise men who both understand that women are different, and would never dare take advantage of this difference.”— Wendy Shalit

70. “Domestic violence can occur at any socioeconomic level.”― Asa Don Brown

71. “One of the most basic things we can do is let the men in our lives know it’s not okay to mistreat a woman.” — Tim McGraw

72. “In violence, we forget who we are” — Mary McCarthy

73. “It’s not enough for women to speak out on the issue – for the message to be strong and consistent, women’s voices must be backed up by men’s.” — John Conyers

74. “Violence is violence and can in no way be misconstrued as discipline under any circumstance cultural or otherwise.”― Aysha Taryam

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

76. “We have your backs. We’re going to keep fighting for you. And we’re going to keep working until every survivor is safe and has opportunity to thrive.” – Julian Castro

77. “We need to replace victim-blaming and shaming with community outrage that domestic violence, domestic abuse, and intimate partner violence is happening.” – Survivor Statement from The Power of WE Workshop

78. “A survivor’s story is always a reality check.” – Jerald Monahan

79. “Enough to anyone who excuses sexual assault. Enough to anyone who turns a blind eye to the violence so many women, children, and yes, men are subjected to. Enough condoning toxic masculinity with euphemisms like ‘boys will be boys.’ Enough. Together we can, and we will, put an end to domestic violence.” – Julian Castro

80. “When women come together united in vision, we can shake things up.” – Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-Lopez

What are you doing to prevent domestic violence?

If you have experienced domestic violence or know someone who has, these domestic violence quotes can help provide the type of help and support you may need right now – even if what you’re going through cannot be fixed by words.

Asking for help is just one of the first of many steps towards recovery. This type of situation is not easy to deal with, but you don’t need to go through it alone. 

Overcoming a domestic violence situation can push a person to their limits. But, if you are a victim, then know that within you, there is the strength to continue on the fight for survival and live a happy, safe life. 

What’s your biggest takeaway from these domestic violence quotes and sayings? Do you have any other helpful quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. carlos

    April 5, 2022 at 4:39 PM

    I am a victim of emotional abuse … it felt like my husband

  2. VosharraWu

    October 6, 2021 at 8:06 AM

    I agree I really think that it is important for anyone to feel like they are strong enough to walk away and get help. You will be surprise how willing a best friend and family member will be willing to help and hear you out. And it’s true most abusers in intimate relationship that are close with your family or friends will try to make their victims look bad towards the family and close friends you guys have in common, it’s just to cover their tracks of what they are doing to you, most family may already sense that something is wrong but because you are not speaking up and they are trying to figure things out, they will end up asking the boyfriend or girlfriend what’s going on instead of you. And for the person being abuse it will show you will probably look distress around your family and not even realize it. The abuser does and will say whatever they want to say to the family and they will never let you know the conversation that had with your family member. They would really lie and probably tell your family that you are depressed or going through mental issues and they are the ones who are actually causing it. Please speak up and go to someone and don’t be ashamed.

  3. Cristina

    September 29, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Every one of these quotes is indicative of the strength that we all have . Unfortunately many times those that didn’t live the horror pass judgment while you are attempting to survive . The common ignorant question of why did you stay will hopefully someday go away. One statistical fact that after leaving the percentage of being killed more than doubles. Nobody would ever chose to be a victim but we all chose to survive . I’m hoping this upcoming awareness month helps people to understand without passing criticism or degrading the person the amount of strength that is required to embrace becoming a survivor . For those that thought less of me or made fun of me please know that dismissing or discarding a victim is in the same category of abuse . Congratulations to all that have regained their strength and identity. For those that are wanting to leave but feel they can’t know the beauty of living again is within you trust it . Our group represents resilience , integrity and self preservation.

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