The definition of domestic violence is when two people get into an intimate relationship and one person uses a pattern of coercion and control against the other person during the relationship and/or after the relationship has terminated. It often includes physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse.
There are many parts to the cycle of abuse. As we look at the components in the abuse cycle we can see that control is a major part of all the phases. Control comes in many forms; manipulation, bribery, emotional abuse, threats, misleading kindness, children, and empty promises. It can also include forced isolation from family and friends. It may show up in the form of control over money, what you do, who you see, who you talk to and more. Warning Signs/ Need Help/ More Info