You will notice that the center, or hub, of the wheel is "Power and Control." This is at the very heart of this wheel because power and control are the reasons abusers choose to use violence and other tactics against their dating partners.
The outer rim of the wheel is physical violence as violent acts or the threat of violent acts are what abusers use to get and keep their power and control over their dating partners.
This wheel represents a snapshot of what a violent teen dating relationship looks like.
While it doesn't cover every survivor's experience, it does portray the most common tactics teen abusers use against their dating partners.
In order to get that power and control, most teen abusers start out very slyly using the various tactics - or spokes - of the wheel, but usually increase their use of them over time.
These include anger/emotional abuse, using social status, intimidation, minimize/deny/blame, threats, sexual coercion, isolation/exclusion and peer pressure.
It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.Every relationships is different, but the one thing that is common to most abusive dating relationships is that the violence escalates over time and becomes more and more dangerous for the young victim.Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.The chart below is a way of looking at the behaviors abusers use to get and keep control in their relationships. It is used to gain power and control over another person.Physical abuse is only one part of a system of abusive behaviors.