This International Women’s Day, we’re sharing a poem written by a domestic abuse survivors at the Sunrise Centre.
The Centre helps anyone who has left an abusive relationship and are ready to take the next steps to a new, independent life. We offer support to help people rebuild their confidence and self-esteem, take back control of their lives and return to education, employment or training.
I sat at home
Surrounded by material stuff
And a hubby who was calling my bluff
If I threatened to leave, he’d ruin my life
Unfortunately, I believed and remained his wife.
He liked to bully, to shout and hit.
But the worst was when he covertly did it
For years and years I told no one
Not my friends or family, not even my mum.
I carried on thinking, was this my life?
I would have to continue being his abused wife
Then out of the blue, a lovely lady said
This can change even though you’ve made your bed
Things can be better
I will refer you to the Sunrise Centre.
I started the courses, what a relief
At last the support in my hours of grief
The Sunrise was my saviour
The Sunrise saved my life
The Sunrise made me realise
I deserved better than being his abused wife.
The beauty of Sunrise, it’s a safe place for the abused
It teaches us to be confident and start our lives anew
I’m leaving with my freedom
Toolkit skills and the rest
And a new faith in others, and a new friends who is the best.
My hurt my anger and my self-deprecation
Has been nurtured and explained to me
By the wonderful Sunrise staff
Who helped my journey to understand