Sharon Draper’s novel, Forged by Fire, is filled with multiple controversial issues. The issues that she writes about are problems that we deal with in the real world, and that people typically choose to ignore or dismiss as unneeded. In her novel she is very straight forward with the topics she wrote about. They were all terrible, but important matters. The issue that I found most important, howerever, was domestic abuse. Every where you look these days it seams that a women is saying that a ‘partner’ has touched her in terrible ways without her permission. I choose to dig deeper and find out what really makes up domestic abuse/violence.Domestic abuse is no laughing matter. According to The Nation’s Leading Grassroots Voice on Domestic Violence, ncadv.org/statistics , “on average 20 people each minute are physically abused by their partner in the United States. That equals more then 10 million people each year.” Domestic abuse comes in many forms. It could manifest in verbal abuse, like telling a partner that they can never do anything right and they always mess up. Although verbal abuse doesn’t seem like a life threatening form of abuse, it can evolve to physical abuse, so people experiencing this should immediately leave the relationship for their own safety. Another form of abuse is physical abuse and this is when an abusive spouse or partner will physically hurt their partner or their children. In some extreme cases, this can lead to death or severe injuries. Everyone wants to be in America, but why? How can America be the place to be if 1 out of 3 women, and 1 out of 4 men in the United States are affected by domestic abuse?Domestic abuse is an issue that shows up in the novel Forged by Fire many times. The characters that are affected by domestic violence are Gerald and Monique. Jordan uses Gerald as his personal punching bag. He would punch Gerald whenever he wanted to. Gerald couldn’t stand up for himself or Angel without being struck. “”Don’t you ever hit her!” he snarled at Jordan between clenched teeth. Jordan just laughed and hit Gerald again”(Draper 27). ‘Her’ is Angel whenever Jordan tries to hit her Gerald throws himself in the way so he gets hit instead of Angel. Jordan consistently, and mindlesslly hits Gerlad. Monique was also abused domestically by Jordan Sparks. Whenever Monique did something that Jordan didn’t approve, which was often, he would smack her. Most of the time she would scurry off mumbling apologies under her breath trying to please him. One time Jordan hit her so hard she fell to the bed behind her, yet she was still the one apologizing. “Jordan could take no more. He raised his arm above his head and slapped Monique with the back of his hand so hard that she fell onto the bed. Pain and confusion filled her face as she reached up to feel her bruised and bleeding lip. “I said I was sorry,” she mumbled through her tears” (Draper 61). Jordan Sparks is ruthless and he doesn’t care who he hurts. Domestic abuse is just like Jordan Sparks, terrible, and shouldn’t have a place on our world.Forged by Fire is realistic fiction. There are a lot of aspects that make this novel relatable. For example, it was stated that both Monique and Angel were afraid of Jordan. Some women who were abused by someone they live(d) with. Monique was afraid to say something and get hit, and Jordan threatened Angel in all sorts of ways. One time he told her that he would kill her cat, her brother Gerald, and her mother Monique, if she told anyone how he touched her. The threats caused Angel to live in fear, and to obey Jordan. “1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by a partner during their lifetime to the point in which they were afraid or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.” So according to ‘NCADV’ | National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.” The Nation’s Leading Grassroots Voice on Domestic Violence, ncadv.org/statistics Angel’s reaction to his manipulation is realistic. When posed with a treat like that it seems that there is only one right choice: obey. Angel begs and pleads for him to stop but he has no mercy and ignores her pleas. On page 34 Jordan says: “I’m your daddy, girl. I’ll look at your rash if I want to! How can I tell if you’re getting better? Now take off that shirt!” Angel tearfully removed her T-shirt while Jordan watched.” Agle was so afarid she obayed every comand that Jordan gave her. Sharon Draper did a good job, in my opinion, inserting what happens in real life to the lives of her characters. She made the characters lives relatable, hooking her readers, and not allowing them to put the book down. Those small details are what create page turners like Forged by Fire.Domestic abuse is an issue that can affect anyone. On a normal day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls that the domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive. It’s an issue that can be found in both literature and everyday life. In the novel Forged by Fire there are sadly two characters who were domestically abused. Both in the novel and in real life domestic abuse/violence are taken very seriously and in the novel the domestic abuse is recognized and stopped. Unfortunately, it’s not always resolved in real life, but majority of it is. Domestic abuse is no laughing matter, you know what they say, if you see something say something.