Know the Warning Signs

Mom, did you ever snitch on a friend?

Times were different when I was growing up honey.  There is so much more that can cause harm and danger to kids.  Is someone you know in trouble?

Will you promise not to tell anyone?

I wont say anything unless there is a risk to your friend. What is bothering you hon?

It is Sheryl.  She is talking about her boyfriend and I think he is being too rough with her.

Why do you say that?

Because he is texting her all the time and getting mad if she doesn’t respond.  Wants to know where she is all the time… and the one time I saw them together he grabbed her arm pretty tight it looked like.  I’m scared for her mom.

Do you want me to talk to her.  Or do you think there is another adult she would trust to bring it up?

Would you talk to her.  I just hope she isn’t mad at me for snitching.

If I was her, I would be happy you are concerned.

Good, she’s coming over in an hour.


It is a much bigger problem that the occasional argument, and it is important to identify to get help. Here are some of the warning signs and a hotline number for the Domestic Abuse Hotline…

Don’t brush it off as just a one time thing, it is serious and will just get worse. The website has a chat option available as well as the number to call. Remember you are not a snitch. If you love some one in trouble, help them!

1-800-799-(SAFE)7233 Domestic Abuse Hotline/thehotline.org


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – snitch

Blowing In The Wind

shed the skin of yesterday
make a brand new start
face the winds of the future
with an open heart
the past held deep pain
I’d rather just forget
but to remember means
I never will again get hit
he tried to destroy me
but I stood up tall
in the end
it was him who took the fall
the drinking took its toll
and ended his life
no more chaos
no more strife
the future is now
and I will shine
because for once
my life seems fine
This if for all those who deal with domestic violence. Thankfully I have never been hit, but can understand how a person can be stuck in a toxic relationship.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – shed