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Power Control Wheel

Does your Partner use any or all of these behaviors?



Using Coercion and Threats Using Intimidation
Making and/or carrying out threats to do somehting to hurt you.
Threatening to leave you, to commit suicide, to report you to welfare?
Making you drop charges?
Making you do illegal things?
Making you afraid by using looks, actions, gestures.
Smashing things
Destroying your property
Abusing pets
Displaying weapons
Using Emotional Abuse Using Isolation
Putting you down.
Making you feel badly about yourself.
Calling you names.
Making you think you are crazy. 
Playing mind games.
Humiliating you.
Making you feel guilty.
Controlling what you do, who you see and where you go.
Limiting outside involvement.
Using jealousy to justify actions.

Using Male Privilege
Treating you like a servant.
Acting like the "master of the castle".
Being the one to define men's and woman's role.
Minimizing, Denying and Blaming Using Economic Abuse
Making light of the abuse.
Saying the abuse didn't happen.
Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior "Saying you caused it"
Preventing you from getting or keeping a job.
Making you ask for money.
Not letting you know about or have access to family income.
Using Children  
Making you feel guilty about the children.
Using the children to relay messages.
Using visitation to harass you.
Threatening to take the children away from you.


Does this cycle of violence seem familiar to you?

Please know that physical, verbal and emotional abuse are NOT part of a healthy relationship.

To learn more about "Domestic Violence" or counseling and support groups and/or to speak with a Family Violence crisis support service you may want to contact on our Resource page for a view provider services available to you and your family.