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Victim Services - The Power and Control Wheel


Abusive relationships are based on the mistaken belief that one person has the right to control another. When the actions described in the spokes of this wheel and on the next page don't work, the person in power moves on to actual physical and sexual violence. The relationship is based on the exercise of power to gain and maintain control. The dignity of both partners is stripped away.

Equality Wheel
Used by permission of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project,
206 West Fourth Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55806

Using Intimidation

Using Emotional Abuse

Using Isolation

Denying, Blaming, Minimizing

Using Children

Using Male Privilege

Using Economic Abuse

Using Coercion and Threats

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