The Wheel of Violence

This chart lets you see the kinds of behavior abusers use to get and keep control over their partners. Battering is never an accident. It is an intentional act used to gain control over the other person. Physical abuse is only one part of a whole series of behaviors an abuser uses against his partner. Violence is never an isolated behavior. There are other forms of abuse.

This chart uses the wheel as a symbol to show the relationship of physical abuse to other forms of abuse. Each spoke represents a tactic used to gain control or power, which is the hub of the wheel. The rim which surrounds and supports the spokes is physical abuse. It holds the system together and gives the abuser his strength.

wheel of violence


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