Inside The World of Domestic Violence: Part II

Foundation Counseling


The Cycle of Violence

The cycle of violence is the term used to describe the pattern of chaos that is involved in domestic violence. It puts a name and words to what so many victims experience, but have no idea how to comprehend so often.


This cycle of violence is all about power and control in a relationship. Power and control in and of itself is neither good nor bad and so we must understand what power and control means to a person (we will spend more time on the depth of that aspect in the next part of the series). For the time being, understand that the utilization of power and control is a vehicle for an abuser to feel good about him or herself and is pivotal to his or her self-worth and identity formation.

With that basic concept in mind, the natural tension that occurs in any…

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