Domestic violence is a pattern of intimidation, assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner or relative against another. It is an epidemic that crosses all cultural barriers. Domestic violence is often accompanied by emotional abuse and controlling behaviors and is a part of a systematic pattern of power and control. The results of domestic violence are not only increasingly more lethal, but also generational. As our children learn behaviors that are abusive and controlling, the incidents of domestic violence can truly last a lifetime.
While every situation is unique and not all abusive relationships look like this, the Domestic Violence Power and Control Wheel below depicts many of the patterns that often occur in abusive relationships. If you identify with any of these patterns, please call CADA to speak with an advocate.