Cycle of Violence
Abusive relationships often follow a typical pattern with three phases:
- Phase I: Tension Building – You feel like you are “walking on eggshells”, and afraid of the abuser.
- Phase II: Acute or – Explosion of physical or sexual violence. A crime is committed. If the relationship has not yet included physical abuse to this point, the abuser may threaten with physical abuse or may become very scary at this point, screaming and yelling more violently than before.
- Phase III: Honeymoon – Abuser begs forgiveness and swears it will never happen again. The abuser denies violent actions or blames you. You may feel anger, love, guilt, fear, remorse. You want to believe your partner, you forgive, you stay.
Scared of your partner's ANGER?
Walking on eggshells? Hiding your bruises? Frightened for your kids? Trapped with no safe place to go?
Have you been RAPED?
Are you keeping it a shameful secret? Do you think no one will believe you? Do you believe it is your fault?
Were you MOLESTED as a child?
Does it still haunt you? Wondering if you will ever get over it?
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