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For those who have found their way out of abusive relationships, riding a motorcycle can be transformative

**Trigger Warning**

This article discusses domestic violence. This may be difficult for some readers and we ask you to take care if you choose to read on.

Riding a motorcycle is often seen as a liberating and empowering experience, and for women who have survived domestic violence, it can play a vital role in their healing and recovery. Domestic violence is a pervasive issue that affects millions of women worldwide, leaving them feeling trapped, afraid, and powerless. But for those who have found their way out of abusive relationships, the experience of riding a motorcycle can be a transformative one, helping them to reclaim their sense of self and rebuild their lives.

Domestic violence is characterised by a pattern of power and control, with the abuser exerting control over the victim through physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological abuse. This can leave women feeling trapped and unable to escape, and the aftermath of domestic violence can be a long and difficult road to recovery. Women who have experienced domestic violence may struggle with a range of emotional and psychological effects, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

However, the experience of riding a motorcycle can be a powerful tool in the healing and recovery process for women who have survived domestic violence. For many women, the act of getting on a motorcycle and loosing themselves on a winding mountain road can provide a sense of freedom and control that they may not have felt for a long time. It can be a powerful reminder that they are capable, strong, and in control of their own lives.

For women who have experienced domestic violence, riding helps to rebuild their sense of self and self-esteem. Being in control of a machine, pushing themselves to learn, to grow or even to conquer a fear, can be a liberating experience that helps women to feel confident and capable. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment and pride, as they learn new skills and tackle challenges on their bikes.

Riding can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, as the focus is shifted away from the negative experiences of domestic violence and onto the experience of being on the bike. Riding is one of the few experiences that can truly transport a person out of everyday life and place them firmly in the moment with nothing but riding to think about. The physical and mental sensations of riding, such as the rush of wind, the sound of the engine, and the feeling of freedom, can be therapeutic and grounding.

Riding with other women, who may or may not have also experienced domestic violence, can be especially beneficial. Being part of a supportive community of women who understand what it is like to have been in a violent relationship can provide a sense of camaraderie and belonging. Women who have been through similar experiences can provide a source of comfort and encouragement, as well as a source of inspiration for one another as they navigate their own healing journeys.

The sense of community and belonging that comes from riding with other women can also help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Domestic violence can often lead to feelings of shame and stigma, making it difficult for survivors to reach out for support. However, by joining a group of women riders, they can connect with others who have had similar experiences and feel a sense of belonging and support.

Finally, the experience of riding a motorcycle can help women to reclaim their sense of power and control. In domestic violence relationships, the abuser may have controlled every aspect of the victim’s life, leaving her feeling powerless, afraid and often isolated. By taking control of a motorcycle, women can reclaim their sense of power and control, and take back control of their lives.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence, please know you are not alone. If you are blessed to have motorcycle riding in your life, use it to heal, use it to connect, use it to help you re-gain a sense of who you are. Reach out to your local female riding community. You don’t need to share what’s gone on for you if you don’t want to. Simply surrounding yourself with the nurturing, supportive spirit of a group of female riders has a magical way of making life feel whole again.

If this article is distressing for you or if you need support, you can call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for 24/7 phone and online services. If you or a child are in immediate danger, please call 000. Girl Moto Media is lovingly supported by our resident psychologist Kim Walker. If you would like to speak with Kim, please reach out to her directly at

Loren is our Girl Moto founder and editor. Several years into her leadership role with East Coast Female Rides (ECFR), Loren felt a desire to bring a female-focussed publication to life. One that would serve to unite Girl Moto's around the world. With a background in business finance, marketing and copywriting, Loren actually creates Girl Moto content as an excuse to call riding motorcycles "work". When not being Girl Moto, you will find Loren enjoying downtime with her family, riding with her ECFR tribe or feeding her obsession for travel and good food, with a healthy side-serve of beach vibes, whenever possible.


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