Dating power violence wheel
The motivations of the abusive person are varied, such as personal gain, personal gratification, psychological projection, devaluation, envy or just for the sake of it as the abuser may simply enjoy exercising power and control.
Controlling abusers use tactics to exert power and control over their victims.
While it doesn't cover every survivor's experience, it does portray the most common tactics teen abusers use against their dating partners.
You will notice that the center, or hub, of the wheel is "Power and Control." This is at the very heart of this wheel because power and control are the reasons abusers choose to use violence and other tactics against their dating partners.
Understanding these dynamics are useful to anyone trying to extricate from the controlling behavior of another person, and deal with their own compulsions to do things that are uncomfortable, undesirable, burdensome, or self-sacrificing for others.
Remember, the abuse is never your fault, and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.
Dating abuse (also known as dating violence, intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
Click on a spoke of the wheel to learn more about one of the forms of abuse, including examples and red flags. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication / program / exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
(If you are on a mobile device, click here to see a static version of the Power and Control Wheel.) Do you recognize any of the warning signs in your own relationship? 2009-TA-AX-K015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.