The Cycle of Domestic Violence: How Power and Control Keep Victims Trapped
Domestic violence is a tragic epidemic that affects millions of people around the world. Though it can happen to anyone, domestic violence is most often perpetrated by men against women. In this blog post, we'll be taking a closer look at the cycle of domestic violence and how it keeps victims trapped in a cycle of fear and abuse.
The Cycle of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence doesn't happen overnight; it happens in a gradual process that can be hard for victims to see until it's too late. This process is known as the "cycle of domestic violence." The cycle has three phases: the tension-building phase, the explosive phase, and the honeymoon phase.
The tension-building phase is when the abuser starts to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. They may take their frustration out on the victim through put-downs, verbal abuse, or controlling behavior. The victim starts to walk on eggshells in an effort to avoid setting off the abuser.
The explosive phase is when the abuser finally snaps and explodes in a violent outburst. This could involve physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse. The victim lives in constant fear during this phase, wondering when the next explosion will happen.
Finally, there's the honeymoon phase. In this phase, the abuser may express remorse for their actions and promise to change. They may buy gifts for the victim or try to make up for their previous behavior in other ways. The victim feels relief during this phase and believes that things will finally get better. However, the honeymoon phase is only temporary; eventually, the tension will start to build again and the cycle will begin anew.
If you're currently in a relationship where you feel like you're walking on eggshells or living in fear of your partner's next outburst, it's important to reach out for help. Remember, you are not alone—millions of people are affected by domestic violence every year. There are many resources available to help you escape an abusive situation and get your life back on track. Don't hesitate to reach out for help if you need it.