The most important person in our lives is ourselves. For we can be nothing to nobody if we do not have our own power first. No person should ever have such a hold on us as to cause the kind of pain this poem shows.
Taking control of ourselves is always the first positive step to feeling the power and being able to stand tall. This poem shows how so many in relationships allow themselves to be controlled. A great expressive poem. Well done
You are right Emma, to ask this in a poem. And perhaps it will lead to an answer, even though I get the impression it is not as bad as it appears or is portrayed here.
Also, remember, if you hear your muffled screams in the distance you have taken steps already.
All assuming that we poets always write about ourselves. How silly.