Hitting, slapping, shoving, kicking, punching, burning, strangling, not allowing a person to leave home, the use of weapons or other objects to cause injury.
Rape, unwanted touching, forcing sexual acts, refusing to practice safe sex.
Threats, telling a person what they can and cannot do, name calling, put-downs, excessive jealousy, using children to manipulate.
Stealing or destroying belongings, hurting pets, taking money, refusing someone's basic needs such as food and clothing, refusing someone medical treatment, not allowing a person to work.
Domestic violence happens to individuals of every age, race, religion, economic class, education, profession, or sexual orientation. No one is immune to this problem. Most victims of domestic violence, however, are women. Domestic abuse happens so frequently that it has been cited by the U.S. Surgeon General as the leading health risk to women.
Domestic violence occurs within a family or intimate relationship as a way to control another person. Because of fear and the stigma that has historically been associated with domestic violence, many victims have chosen to keep the abuse secret. Domestic violence typically increases in frequency and severity over time. Victims suffer physical injury, live in fear in their homes and lose power over their lives.
The Power and Control Wheel helps us understand the different ways an abusive partner can use power and control to manipulate a relationship. Each part of the wheel explains different tactics perpetrators use both physically and mentally.