Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wheel of Power

This Power and Control diagram is a helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner. Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by an array of these other types of abuse. They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship. Just click image for full size.

Developed by: Domestic Abuse Intervention Project 202 East Superior Street Duluth, MN 55802


  1. Every person on earth needs to have a copy of this. As someone who was in an emotionally abusive relationship and my step daughter in one that involved using isolation, people need to be aware of the different kinds of abuse.

    You are a very brave person!

    1. Thank you for your comment Kim! I agree with you-I wish they'd hand these out in the high schools and beyond. It makes you realize there are common traits, patterns and methods of control and abuse. Knowing that helps us to see the big picture and hopefully seek help/get out. I sure wish I'd seen it a long time ago. Best wishes, Sam