Violent relationships can often be complex, and there are many kinds of abuse that can occur in a dating relationship: verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual.Emotional abuse originates in the aggressor’s desire to control the other person’s behavior.While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence.These are the abusive acts that are more overt and forceful, and often the intense acts that reinforce the regular use of other more subtle methods of abuse.
Emotional abuse often begins subtly and increases in severity over time.
Sexual abuse includes unwanted sexual touching, force or pressure to get a partner to consent, rape or attempted rape, and attempting or having sex with a person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Domestic abuse and violence are an epidemic of national scope, reaching across all segments of society, regardless of socio-economic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, age, and other characteristics or lifestyle factors.
Typically, males use physical force to assert control, while females use it to protect themselves, to retaliate, or because they fear an assault.
This type of abuse includes hair-pulling, biting, shoving, slapping, choking, strangling, punching, kicking, burning, using or threatening use of a weapon, and forcibly confining someone.