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10 Violent Phrases Commonly Used

Violence surrounds us everyday, even in our daily, casual conversations. It can be seen on TV, heard in a song on the radio, or seen in the home.  In fact, over 7,000 incidents of domestic violence are reported annually in our community.

Hubbard House, a domestic violence center serving victims and their children in Duval and Baker counties, asks have you ever reflected on the phrases you say each day. We all have said them – phrases that downplay violence.

10 Violent Phrases Used in Everyday Conversations:

  1. When push comes to shove
  2. Get away with murder
  3. Punch line
  4. Shoot from the hip
  5. Twist your arm
  6. Take a shot at it
  7. Slap in the face
  8. Adding insult to injury
  9. Take a stab at it
  10. Roll with the punches

We can all do a part in ending domestic violence. Try and remove phrases, songs, movies, and TV shows that glorify or downplay domestic violence from your daily activities. Together we can make a difference!


Domestic violence has occurred throughout written history. The phrase “rule of thumb” dates back to the mid-1600s in England when the concept of the “rule” was that it was acceptable for a man to beat his wife as long as he used a stick no bigger around than his thumb.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 1 (800) 500-1119.


Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit to learn more.