of Domestic Violence
of Domestic Violence:
Physical: Any form of assault
committed against a spouse/significant other, children, or
Sexual: Engaging in any form of
sexual activity without consent is abuse even if the
person is married/intimate partner
Emotional: Using emotions as a
weapon to have power or control over the spouse/intimate
Economic: Using money to keep
the spouse/significant other financially powerless.
Cycle of Domestic
1. Tension-building stage: The
batterer becomes increasingly tense and angry. The victim
holds herself responsible for the batterer's unhappiness.
The batterer becomes verbally abusive, and may commit some
minor physical abuse or destroy the victim's personal
2. Explosive stage: The
batterer's violence is out of control and out of
proportion to the situation. People who try to help the
victim may also be in danger during this stage.
3. Honeymoon stage: The batterer
apologizes to the victim, and seems truly sorry for the
assault. Often, the batterer will promise that the
violence will never happen again. This can sometimes cause
the victim to reunite with the batterer. Despite the
batterer's promises during the honeymoon stage, without
help from counseling and other outside sources,
prevent the violence from happening again.
Domestic violence slowly destroys the lives of all people
who are involved in a violent relationship: batterer,
victim, and children. If you are a victim of domestic
violence, help is available. Please don't be afraid to