I’m out of here: Friday Fictioneers

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehudah

Word Count 100

The taxi was finally here. My bags are packed. I know I am leaving a lot behind, but I need to get out. I can’t live with the violence anymore. The coming home late and pissed, then the shouting, things getting broken. The children asleep, or pretending to be, upstairs. I can’t handle them being afraid anymore.

So I am leaving. He has told me many a time to leave.  He and the children will be better off without me if I was to continue drinking. I left a note. First stop Central, then detox. I WILL be well again.


  • Domestic violence is never ok. I wanted to write a story that reflected that, but I wanted to highlight the mostly hidden domestic violence scenario of the man being abused, and the woman being the abuser. This does not discount that mostly it is women who are on the receiving end of that abuse.


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17 responses to “I’m out of here: Friday Fictioneers

  1. I wish they would stop focusing on domestic violence as a women’s issue, it’s a family issue; male, female & children. Children would be the most victimized demographic. Violence is not cool ever…

  2. Dear Dave,

    Good for her for taking responsibility and seeking help. I have a male friend who was victimized by his wife. He and the children finally left.
    Good one.



  3. I like how you’ve told a familiar story from a different perspective. Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  4. This is a story I know all too well. Nicely told.

  5. That was a story of two halves. It shows how stereotyped our thinking has become.

  6. You’ve highlighted a matter that many are either unaware of or chose to ignore, and I applaud you for that.

    Here’s mine!

  7. I’m glad the drug-addicted batterer is doing the right thing in leaving the family and seeking treatment. Best of luck to her.

  8. The reality of the issue is that violence is violence, and … yes, there are often many victims. While the most frequent abuser is the man onto the woman, it is not always the case (and there is DV in same-sex couples, too, besides). Violence is never acceptable. And when substance abuse complicated the picture, it is a recipe for more trouble. Good angle, however we look into what often takes place behind closed doors and in secrecy.

  9. All too real for a lot of people 😦

  10. Well done, Dave. It’s true we tend to stereotype things and yes, women can be as guilty as men.

  11. Female on male violence is not as rare as one may think. I was confronted N it several times in my years as a therapist. Not so much after that.

  12. Painful piece, Dave.
    Well done

  13. A hard choice. Good to finish on a positive note.

  14. Yep. After more than a year a good friend went for marriage counseling. He told me the counselor said, “I don’t know why you are still there.” He moved on and is fine now, but what a complex and difficult issue. Good story.

  15. Men are also victims of abuse. It was a great write about the subject many avoid. Bravo for taking your story there. Well done …
    Be safe …
    Isadora 😎

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