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Violent Phrases Commonly Used

Kill. Hit. Bang. Fight. Beat. Shoot. Do you ever use these words? Most people do, without even realizing what they are actually saying. We frequently use these verbs in our everyday conversations to illustrate our behaviors.

Although domestic violence is often a hidden issue, violence is everywhere; seen on TV shows, heard in songs played on the radio, and, for some, even right in front of us in real life. In fact, more than over 7,800 incidents of domestic violence are reported annually in our community.

Have you ever reflected on the phrases you say each day? We’ve all 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!

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.Hubbard House can help.


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 6,000 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.