Domestic Violence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old domestic violence quotes, domestic violence sayings, and domestic violence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Women initiate most domestic violence.

Dov Charney

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

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

Julie Johnston

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

Domestic abuse is wrong, but domestic retribution is okay.     

Dov Davidoff

Nobody believes that domestic violence kills and nobody believes it is detrimental to children. This world has got to wake up. To me, if there is domestic violence, if the children see it or hear it, that to me is detrimental. Batterers should not have rights to children.

Denise Brown

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

An abuser isn't abusive 24/7. They usually demonstrate positive character traits most of the time. That's what makes the abuse so confusing when it happens, and what makes leaving so much more difficult.     

Miya Yamanouchi

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

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

Salma Hayek

Nearly one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. And slightly more than half of female victims of domestic violence live in households with children under age 12.     

Lucille Roybal-Allard

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

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

Robin McGraw

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

Hairdressers know a lot about the personal lives of their clients. They come in contact on a day-to-day basis with women dealing with domestic violence.

Gordon Miller

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

Pearl Cleage

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

Charlotte Bunch

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

Connie Phillips

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

Domestic violence does not only happen to adults. Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend, and approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.     

Dianne Feinstein

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

Leo Tolstoy

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

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

Asa Don Brown

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

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

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

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

Leslie Morgan Steiner

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