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Understanding the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Explanation of the Cycle of Violence. Acute Explosion - Honeymoon - Tension Building

Acute Explosion

  • Batterer
  • Hitting
  • Choking
  • Humiliating
  • Imprisonment
  • Rape
  • Using Weapons
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Destroys Property
  • Victim
  • Protects Self
  • Police called
  • Tries to calm batterer
  • Tries to reason
  • Fight back
  • Leaves

Honeymoon

  • Batterer
  • Promises to get help/Begs forgiveness
  • Enlists Family’s Support
  • Wants to make love
  • Declares love
  • Cries
  • Victim
  • Agrees to stay
  • Returns or takes back batterer
  • Attempts to stop legal preceedings
  • Sets up counseling for batterer
  • Feels happy/hopeful

Tension Buildling

  • Batterer
  • Moody
  • Nitpicking
  • Put-downs
  • Yelling
  • Drinking/Drugs
  • Threatening
  • Withdraws Affection
  • Criticizes
  • Sullen
  • Victim
  • Nurturing
  • Stays away from family & friends
  • Keeps children quiet
  • Agrees
  • Tries to reason
  • Cooks partner’s favorite dinner
  • Feeling of walking on eggshells
  • Attempts to soothe partner

What sustains the cycle of violence?

  • Learned behavior
  • Economic dependence
  • Low self esteem
  • Keeping the family together
  • Self blame
  • Traditional value system
  • Isolation
  • Emotional dependence
  • Promises to change
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