The Power and Control Wheel shows the primary tactics and behaviors abusers use to get and maintain control in their relationships. Battering is an intentional act used to gain power and control over another person. Physical abuse and sexual violence are part of a system of abusive behavior that abusers use against their partners. The Wheel symbolizes the relationship of violence to other forms of abuse and coercion. Each spoke represents a tactic used to exert control or gain power that is the hub of the wheel. The rim that surrounds and supports the spokes is physical and sexual violence. Violence holds the system together and gives it strength. Violence is not an isolated behavior.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Project