Domestic Violence Basics: Power and Control Wheel

The Power and Control Wheel is a tool that can help you understand the different tactics an abusive partner can use to manipulate a relationship. Abusive partners use these methods to maintain power and control in a relationship. Some of these actions might seem normal on their own, but when victims look at the pattern of activities in the wheel, they can better see the subtle and continuous behaviors that may be accompanied by physical violence.

Power Control Wheel

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