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Domestic Violence Wheel with Spokes Depicting Various Types of Violence Used to Gain Control and POWER

Domestic Violence

Another Woman Died Today__A Poem

Today another woman died
and not on a foreign field
and not with a rifle strapped to her back,
and not with a large defense of tanks
rumbling and rolling behind her.

She died without CNN covering her war.
She died without talk of intelligent bombs
and strategic targets
The target was simply her face, her back
her pregnant belly.

The target was her precious flesh
that was once composed like music
in her motherís body and sung
in the anthem of birth.

The target was this life
that had lived its own dear wildness,
had been loved and not loved,
had danced and not danced.

A life like yours or mine
that had stumbled up
from a beginning
and had learned to walk
and had learned to read.
and had learned to sing.

Another woman died today.
not far from where you live;
Just there, next door where the tall light
falls across the pavement.

Just there, a few steps away
where youíve often heard shouting,
Another woman died today.

She was the same girl
her mother used to kiss;
the same child you dreamed
beside in school.
The same baby her parents
walked in the night with
and listened and listened and listened
For her cries even while they slept.

And someone has confused his rage
with this womanís only life.

-Carol Geneya Kaplan

Thank you for caring about your friend, family member or self enough to learn and act, on Domestic Violence. For even though it can be seen as an addiction to Power and Control, it is every bit as potent as drug addictions, and even more oftenfatal.

Now that we have seen just how volatile Domestic Violence is. The DV WebCenter, has real live Tips, Tactics.

Many references which can be downloaded, to have on hand for the one you love, that needs your support.

Leaving is never easy. "Love" never allows us to see clearly. But supportive friends are there at the time we become open to hearing, learning and LEAVING.

For more tips on how to help a friend END this cycle, from someone who has left and survived. Please believe me when I say that without your help, we survivors of Domestic Violence wouldn't make it out alive. Our self esteem has been demolished, making YOU all the more important. Thank You.

Concerned Support Persons Too

Copyright November 4, 1999

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