You can share your own experience of coercive control or domestic abuse anonymously here on this site.
This site is inspired by viewers of Open Clasp Theatre Company’s play ‘Rattle Snake’.
It is based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse.
The women had been silenced, not believed or legally gagged. This play gives them a voice.
We want this site to give you a voice.
Share your own experience of coercive control or domestic abuse anonymously here. Your story will stand alongside others.
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Death comes to us all in the end.
It can also take many guises.
The death of a relative
The death of a relationship
The death of a friendship
It may be through illness ,choice or suddenly with no warning.
In the end a death is the finality.
They stand and weep into the white handkerchiefs once used to call a truce.
They stand over the grave and weep for you .
Or watch you slip through velvet curtains.
They tears fall ,Their apologies should have come sooner.
They are weeping for their mistake.
Kindness directed at the feet of predators.Skulking in the darkness in the dead of night .There is no place to run and no place to hide .
You’ve experienced the madness and the black eyes that appear when the angry monster comes from the rear.
Escape it ,be free ! Do it for your daughter and not for me .
A missed opportunity but now it’s too late.
Too late to call you.
Too late to drop in for five minutes.
Too late to send messages or hug you.
Too late .It’s all just too late.
Value truth,friendship,those who truly loved and cared because one day it will be too late.
Find the person that is you before it’s too late.
“She’s been ok “are the words that ring out but the beast lurks within and you have no doubt .
One wrong move and it’s there in front
Calling out those names again .
You bitch ,cunt !
Walk away now whilst you are able .
Speak the truth lay your cards on the table .
Those black eyes may on you appear as a reminder for you to simply adhere.
Run and don’t walk .As far as you can go .
Don’t look back .Go forward with all that you are able and leave the cards where they belong just lying on the table .
Even now, over 15 years since the last one finished there are times that they might as well be alongside me. Sometimes things just run too deep.
There are days which is an uphill battle to outrun them but I am determined to not let them win.....
I don’t know what else to do .She doesn’t see the danger she and her daughter are in .It saddens me that she doesn’t feel strong enough to walk away despite all the help she has right beside her .I am at a loss as to what to do .
This woman has used every manipulative technique she can and displayed behavior that is truly horrific,obsessive and bordering on dangerous.
It’s sad to watch somebody in the clutches of this type of behavior and nothing anyone’s says will work .
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National Domestic Violence Helpline
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