Shadow pandemic: Insecurity within the ‘security’ of a home

Shadow pandemic: Insecurity within the ‘security’ of a home (poem, haiku)

three pairs of shoes on brown rug
A family (Photo by Lisa on
a home where love starts,
as family protector,
he safeguards them all. 

a lover monster,
a demon he has become,
admist failing roles?

run, run, lady, run!
bring along babies and run!
least he catches up!

please help the victims,
aggressor 'victim' as well,
with his unseen pain!

Shadow pandemic echoes the Covid-19’s pandemic. As COVID-19 curfews and lockdown orders made it even more difficult for the battered victims to leave an abusive household. This increases the likelihood of recurring domestic violence.

Looking at the ‘elephant’ as a whole, the aggressor maybe a victim of circumstances ( such as, financial) or addiction. He would need help, too!


Much have been in place for the abused. As per quote below, I wonder what is next for the abuser behind bars to prevent recurring behaviors and attitudes.



“Victims of domestic violence need assistance and deserve justice, I commend the crime unit’s efforts to put offenders behind bars and reach out to victims.”– Bob Riley

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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