Question: How does the cycle of abuse work?

The cycle of abuse is defined by the ways in which an abusive partner keeps a target in a relationship, spanning subtle behaviors as well as physical, visible violence.

What are the 6 steps of the cycle of abuse?

Six distinct stages make up the cycle of violence: the set-up, the abuse, the abusers feelings of “guilt” and his fear of reprisal, his rationalization, his shift to non-abusive and charming behavior, and his fantasies and plans for the next time he will abuse.

How long is the cycle of abuse?

The four-part cycle acknowledges that abuse can involve verbal or emotional harm, but it still focuses primarily on physical violence. Nonphysical abuse tactics, which may happen through all stages of the cycle, can still cause a great deal of harm.

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