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:
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 & Control Wheel – Spanish
LGBT Power & Control Wheel – Spanish