Dating violence wheel
While it doesn't cover every survivor's experience, it does portray the most common tactics teen abusers use against their dating partners.
You will notice that the center, or hub, of the wheel is "Power and Control." This is at the very heart of this wheel because power and control are the reasons abusers choose to use violence and other tactics against their dating partners.
This wheel represents the various elements of teen dating relationships based on equality.
The outer rim of the wheel is physical violence as violent acts or the threat of violent acts are what abusers use to get and keep their power and control over their dating partners.
The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner.
This may also include abuse, harassment, and stalking via electronic devices such as cell phones and computers, and harassment through a third party, and may be physical, mental, or both.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.