The Domestic Violence Wheel
This chart illustrates the cycle an abuser exercises over their victim. Remember, the heart of abuse starts with the abuser’s own core.
Once the abuser is able to exercising their power and control over a victim, it gradually escalates to emotional and verbal abuse.
Once a victim is emotionally beaten down by the abuser, the abuser may escalate to physical and/or sexual abuse.
The abuser repeats this cycle over and over again.