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Power and Control Wheel
January 4th 2022
The Power and Control Wheel is a tool utilized in the domestic violence/interpersonal violence field to understand the tactics abusers use to gain power and control over their victims. The wheel is instrumental to our understanding of how abusers operate.
The wheel is a tool that focuses on how eight different types of abuser tactics partner with physical and sexual violence (or the threat of physical and sexual violence) to dominate a victim.
It can be incredibly challenging for victims of abuse to recognise the signs of coercive control. This poster helps to illustrate some of the methods used.
Are you experiencing Tech Abuse?
Are you experiencing tech abuse?
Does your partner/abuser constantly call, text and message you online?
Does your partner/abuser publish posts about you online which encourage others to harass and abuse you?
Does your partner/abuser constantly call, message and send “friend requests” to your family and friends?
Does your partner/abuser harass you, your employer and your clients through business social media pages and work email addresses?
Has your partner/abuser threatened to share any information about you online such as confidential information, for example screenshots of messages, photos of you, or information that could cause you embarrassment?
Has your partner/abuser threatened to share or shared intimate images of you?
Does your partner/abuser seem to know about conversations that you have had without being present?
Does your partner/abuser give the children the latest tech gadgets during child contact? Does he play Xbox and PlayStation games with them online outside of his agreed contact time?
Does your partner/abuser have access to your banking and social media accounts, and assure you that it’s normal to have access to your partner’s information?
Does your partner/abuser know your whereabouts or turn up unexpectedly wherever you go?
Does your partner/abuser stalk and harass you via fake social media profiles?
Has your partner/abuser installed any apps such as ‘find my iPhone’ onto your device? Did he assure you that it is for your safety in case you lose your phone?
If you are, Refuge have resources to support you.
Post Separation Abuse Wheel
January 17, 2023
Domestic abuse rarely stops once the relationship has ended, particuarly if there are children as they can be used by weaponised and used as a means of continuing the control. This wheel, created by Duluth, describes the tactics used to maintain control and manipulation after separation.
Podcast with Sara Davison
January 24th 2022
An interview with Sara Davison for her podcast 'From Heartbreak to Happiness', where I discuss how to survive a divorce when domestic abuse is a characteristic of the relationship.