Currently viewing the tag: "domestic violence"

It’s impossible to give someone the world. You can show them glimpses of yours, hope they join you in it, but to give them the world means you have to be willing to give up your own. –Sejal Badani, Trail of Broken Wings

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about someone who wants the world, and isn’t worried about destroying the other person to get it.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the boundaries that you have that help you protect your world.

Art Prompt: If I gave you the world…

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about how abusive spouses use power and control to demolish their victim’s world.

Photo Credit: Cindy Schultz on Flickr

black eye

You better not never tell nobody but God. –The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when someone tried to keep you quiet with a threat.

Art Prompt: Purple

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the toll that domestic violence takes on our society.

Photo Credit: sugarsnaptastic on Flickr
Punk girl with skull and crossbones shirt sitting on a wooden bridge

Punk girl with skull and crossbones shirt sitting on a wooden bridge

1,052 mothers participated in the Environmental Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study over 10 years. Only subjects with no previous history of depression were considered for the study. Over this decade, the researchers conducted multiple interviews to determine whether the subjects had suffered violence from their spouses and whether they suffered from mental health disorders.


  •  More than one third of the women reported suffering violence from their spouses (e.g., being pushed or hit with an object).
  •  These women had a more extensive history of childhood abuse, abuse of illicit substances, economic poverty, early pregnancy, and an antisocial personality.
  •  They were twice as likely to suffer from depression, even when controlling for the impact of childhood abuse.
  •  Domestic violence had an impact not just on mood but on other mental health aspects as well. These women had a three times higher risk of developing schizophrenia-like psychotic symptoms. This risk doubled for women who were also victims of childhood abuse.
    Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a woman  affected by domestic violence.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your experience with domestic violence, whether in your own life or in the life of someone you know. If you have no experience with DV, write about how you believe society should address this problem.

Art Prompt: Outcomes from domestic violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how domestic violence affects the victim and the cost to society for domestic violence. Propose some solutions.

Photo Credit: Emerson Quinn on Flickr

* More than 3 million children witness domestic violence every year
* Men who witness domestic violence as kids are twice as likely to become abusive later on
* There is a 30% to 60% chance children who witness domestic violence will also be abused
* Witnessing domestic violence can lead to poverty, unemployment and mental problems
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a someone who witnessed domestic violence as a child.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about domestic violence. 

Art Prompt: Domestic violence

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the long range effects of domestic violence and call them to action to fight it in their community.

Photo Credit: nada abdalla on Flickr