Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviors that some individuals use against their intimate partners or former partners. It can include:

Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, punching, shoving, kicking, burning, choking, using weapons and other objects to cause injury.

Sexual Abuse: Forcing a partner to engage in unwanted sexual acts, refusing to practice safe sex, treating a partner like a sex object.

Emotional Abuse/Intimidation: Name-calling and put-downs; denying/shifting blame; treating a partner as an inferior; threatening to harm self/others or to have a partner deported; abusing children or pets; stalking; using threatening looks, actions or gestures.

Property/Economic Abuse: Stealing or destroying belongings/money; refusing basic needs such as food or medical treatment; interfering with a partner’s work or education.

Cycle of Violence: 



Domestic Violence Resources & Fact Sheets:

What is a Healthy Relationship

Why Do People Abuse

Domestic Violence Fact Sheet

The Facts on Children and Domestic Violence

The Facts on Guns and Domestic Violence

The Facts on Health Care and Domestic Violence

Stalking Fact Sheet

Abuse and Immigrants

LGBTQ Relationship Violence 

Pregnancy and Abuse

Trans Domestic Violence

Safety Planning

Help for Friends & Family

Abuse in the Deaf Community

Power and Control Wheels

These wheels have either been developed by or adapted from the power and control wheel and the equality wheel. For further information or copyright requests, please contact:

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

Power and Control Wheel

Power & Control Wheel – Spanish

Immigrant Power & Control Wheel

LGBT Power & Control Wheel

LGBT Power & Control Wheel – Spanish