Domestic Violence Wheel
Using Coercion and Threats Using Intimidation Using Emotional Abuse Using Isolation Minimizing, Denying and Blaming Using Children Using Male Privilege Using Economic Abuse

Using Coercion and Threats

  • Making and/or carrying out threats to do something to hurt her/him
  • Threatening to live her/him, to commit suicide, to report her/him to welfare
  • Making her/him drop charges
  • Making her/him do illegal things

Using Intimidation

Making her/him afriad by using actions, looks, gestures
Smashing things
Destroying her/his property
Abusing pets
Displaying weapons

Using Emotional Abuse

Putting her/him down
Making her/him feel bad about herself/himself
Calling her/him names
Making him/her think she's/he's crazy
Playing mind games
Humiliating her/him
Making her/him feel guilty

Using Isolation

Controlling what she/he does, who she/he sees and talks to, what she/he reads, where she/he goes
Limiting her/his outside involvement
Using jealousy to justify actions

Minimizing, Denying and Blaming

Making light of the abuse and not taking her/his concerns about it seriously
Saying the abuse didn't happen
Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior
Saying she/he caused it

Using Children

Making her/him feel guilty about the children
Using the children to relay messages
Using visitation to harass her/him
Threatening to take the children away

Using Male Privilege

Treating her/him like a servant
Making all the big decisions
Acting like the "master of the castle"
Being the one to define men's and women's roles

Using Economic Abuse

Preventing her/him from getting or keeping a job
Making her/him ask for money
Giving her/him an allowance
Taking her/his money
Not letting her/him know about or have access to family income