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The Power and Control Wheel

Domestic abuse and sexual violence are both patterns of controlling behavior used within a relationship to maintain power and control by one partner over the other. The Power and Control Wheel (also known as The Duluth Model) is a tool that was developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) In the 1980s based on the experiences of women survivors. This wheel shows the eight different behaviors that an abuser may use to maintain power.

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