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Father struck son, and the son stumbled back. The blow stung somewhere above the lips but so not far across for it to be the cheeks.
It wasn’t a blow so strong to send the boy scurrying, but enough for him to falter, his weight falling, momentum one, two steps back.
He never gave his son more than he could take, but anger gripped him this time, and he his controlled had slipped.
“You will respect your mother and me; and you,” he pointed at the mother who quieted down, eyes darting around the room, “Stay out of this.”
His son spat liquid foul, and glared up at him, eyes meeting in a contest of scowls and retrenched breaths.
Fists clenched and unclenched, muscles shook and steadied themselves.
It was the rivulets of red that stopped the father. He hadn’t intended to strike so hard. His breath hitched, his glare softened, a smile softened his face; regret and love soared in his heart.
It was an emotion he’d experienced before – when father met the mother, and when father met son. He’d known the feeling a thousand times.each
How he loved his son. He could remember every inch of his body, each bruise he’d bandaged and graced. How he cared for the boy, fed him when he was ill. Father remembered reading him stories and told him how each batter and every scar an infliction of a father’s love.
His son was on him in a moment; it wasn’t a weakness that his son would let pass. He had taught him well.
There was a smile in the red, a smile both vicious and cruel.
He hesitated. Too slow, his arms rose in defence and the son was on the father.
His boy showed no mercy; though he loved his father. Unlike him, he never pulled his punches, because he never knew his father loved him; even when his mother screamed for him to stop.
Fearless is living with physical and emotional abuse because one often doesn’t know any better.
Domestic Violence is a form of violence that occurs within intimate relationships. The violence takes several forms – social, physical and emotional and occurs within every demographic. The most easily recognised of these is physical abuse. Domestic Violence often occurs due to issues of power and control, and unlike wide-spread views, does not implicit a loveless relationship.
Due to this, it is often difficult to for the abused to come to terms with their abuse, because of the role prolonged emotional impact plays in domestic violence.
I have known peers who have been abused emotionally by family, and I have known people that have been targeted and bullied. The long-term effects on their mental health were severe, and they hadn’t always recovered.
What are your experiences with domestic violence?
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