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Cycle of Domestic Violence


Most abusers exhibit a behavioral pattern that is described as a cycle of violence. This cycle has three phases.

For some people Phase One begins with...

  • Anger
  • Blaming
  • Increased tension

Phase Two is the battering. It may include...

  • Hitting
  • Slapping
  • Kicking
  • Choking
  • Spitting
  • Use of objects as weapons
  • Sexual abuse
  • Verbal threats and abusive behaviors

Phase Three is the calm phase, often referred to as the "Honeymoon Phase". The abuser may...

  • Deny the violence
  • Use excuses for the violence
  • Apologize and promise that it will never happen again
  • Try to compensate with material gifts and/or romantic behavior

Phase Three may decrease or disappear over time.

 

 

 

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