Domestic Violence

Charles Dickens quotations on the theme of Domestic Violence.

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was one of the foremost writers from the Victorian era and remains a popular widely-read author today. During his lifetime he produced 15 novels, five novellas, and a large number of shorter stories and essays. He wrote from personal experiences and concerned himself with a number of contemporary social issues whilst supporting numerous charitable causes, giving assistance in time, money or personal effort. Our archive of over 500 Charles Dickens quotations are organised by both source material, i.e. the work or speech in which it originally appeared, and also grouped thematically. In this archive, we have collected quotations from Charles Dickens works on the theme of Domestic Violence.


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Her face bore deep marks of the ill-usage she had received.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations (The Hospital Patient). Her face bore deep marks of the ill-usage she had received.

The girl started up, with an energy quite preternatural; the fire gleamed in her heavy eyes, and the blood rushed to her pale and sunken cheeks.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations (The Hospital Patient). The girl started up, with an energy quite preternatural; the fire gleamed in her heavy eyes, and the blood rushed to her pale and sunken cheeks.

I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident.

Charles Dickens Sketches by Boz Quotations (The Hospital Patient). I did it myself—it was nobody’s fault—it was an accident.

She covered her discoloured eye with her hand, as though she wished to separate any association with noise and violence and ill treatment from the poor little child.

She covered her discoloured eye with her hand, as though she wished to separate any association with noise and violence and ill treatment from the poor little child.

2019-04-14T08:31:32+01:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |

Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed.

Nancy, apparently fearful of irritating the housebreaker, sat with her eyes fixed upon the fire, as if she had been deaf to all that passed.

2019-04-12T10:31:40+01:00Categories: Oliver Twist|Tags: |

She also had upon her face and arms the marks of ill usage. She had no kind of grace about her, but the grace of sympathy.

She also had upon her face and arms the marks of ill usage. She had no kind of grace about her, but the grace of sympathy.

2019-04-14T08:31:18+01:00Categories: Bleak House|Tags: |