Power and Control Wheels                                    

 

Power and Control Wheels

The Power and Control Wheel is a helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over their partner. Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by an array of these types of abuse. They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.

Physical and sexual assaults, or threats to commit them, are the most apparent forms of domestic violence and are usually the actions that allow others to become aware of the problem. However, regular use of other abusive behaviors by the batterer, when reinforced by one or more acts of physical violence, make up a larger system of abuse. Although physical assaults may occur only once or occasionally, they instill threat of future violent attacks and allow the abuser to take control of the victim’s life and circumstances.

The Power and Control Wheel is divided into eight sections: Intimidation, Emotional Abuse, Isolation, Minimizing/Denying/Blaming, Using Children, Economic Abuse, Male Privilege, and Coercion/Threats. (Spanish Wheel)

The Nonviolence Power and Control Wheel is a great example of healthy ways to treat an individual and it is divided into eight sections: Nonthreatening Behavior, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Shared Responsibility, Economic Partnership, and Negotiation and Fairness.

The Teen Power and Control Wheel is divided into eight sections: Anger/Emotional Abuse, Using Social Status, Intimidation, Minimize/Deny/Blame, Threats, Sexual Coercion, Isolation/Exclusion, and Peer Pressure.

The Teen Equality and Power and Control Wheel is a great example of healthy ways for teens to treat individuals and is divided into eight sections: Non-threatening Behavior, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Self-Confidence and Personal Growth, Shared Power, Communication and Negotiation, and Fairness.

The Lesbian and Gay Power and Control Wheel is divided into these eight sections: Using Intimidation, Using Emotional Abuse, Using Isolation, Minimizing/Denying/Blaming, Using Children, Using Privilege, Using Economic Abuse, and Using Coercion/Threats.

The Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual Relationship Power and Control Wheel is divided into thirteen sections: Psychological & Emotional Abuse, Threats, Physical Abuse, Entitlement, Using Children, Economic Abuse, Sexual Abuse, HIV-Related Abuse, Intimidation, Isolation/Restricting Freedom, Heterosexism, Homo/Biphobia and Transphobia.

The Military Power and Control Wheel is divided into these eight sections: Using Intimidation, Using Isolation, Using Children, Using Economic Abuse, Claiming Military/Male Privilege, Minimizing/Denying/Blaming, Using Emotional Abuse, and Using Coercion/Threats.

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