power and control wheel


Often domestic violence can be subtle and can happen slowly in a relationship.  Anyone can be abused, and sometimes leaving can be very hard and dangerous for a victim due to the abuser’s actions.  Abusers gain or maintain power and control in many ways.  The more a victim tries to pull away from the relationship, the more an abuser tries to gain and maintain power and control, often in progressively abusive ways.  The Power and Control Wheel is a way of looking at some of the ways in which abuse occurs.  Remember, this wheel does not include all abusive behaviors and victims may be experiencing types of abuse not listed on the wheel.  See also Power and Control Wheel for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Relationships.

One study found that:
36% wouldn’t let them use the phone

40% kept them from getting or keeping a job

60% said “No one else will ever want you”

55%  said “You can’t make it without me”

48% kept them from sleeping

33% threatened “you’ll never see your kids again”

65% abused in front of children

34% threatened them with a weapon

39% threatened to find and kill

47% threatened to harm their family

62% punched or kicked them

60% strangled/choked her

59% abused during pregnancy

40% sexually assaulted them

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  1. Many women s groups use the Power and Control Wheel. Battered women can point to each of the tactics on the wheel and clearly explain how these behaviors were used against them. They are able to see that they are not alone in their experience and more fully understand how their batterer could exert such control over them.

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