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Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence
(IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of
behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over
another partner in an intimate relationship.
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Anyone of any race,
age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or
perpetrator – of domestic violence. It can happen to people who
are married, living together or who are dating. It affects
people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm,
arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or
force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the
use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation,
emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these
different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at
any one time within the same intimate relationship.
Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to
describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.
Think of the wheel as a diagram of the tactics an abusive
partner uses to keep their victim in the relationship. 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.
*Although this Power & Control Wheel uses she/her pronouns for
the victim and assumes a male perpetrator, abuse can happen to
people of any gender in any type of relationship.
Copyright by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
202 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN, 55802
In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in
the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling
behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and
intensify as the relationship grows.
Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship
because every relationship is different. But one thing most
abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner
does many different kinds of things to have more power and
control over their partner.
Some of the signs of an abusive relationship include a partner
The four stages of abuse can happen over and over— until you
There's a certain script domestic violence follows and
survivors know it well. Most advocates will attest that abusers
are not impulsive or out of control, but rather rigidly in
control. They carefully plan and calculate their abuse, be it
subtle forms of control or threatening acts of violence.
As such, survivors fall into a script of their own. They
begin repeating the lines over and over to themselves, and to
friends and family, until the familiar phrases begin to sound
like a broken record.
It’ll never happen again.
He says he’s really sorry.
It’s my fault I made him angry—I should be a better partner.
He’s just stressed out right now.
He’s only controlling because he loves me.
In some circles, this is referred to as the Cycle of Abuse,
or Cycle of Violence, a four-stage pattern that abusive behavior
can take sometimes hundreds of times over. An abuser might cycle
through these four stages in anywhere from a few hours to a year
VINELink Offender Lookup is available to anyone. If you
are a victim of any kind. You may sign up to be alerted when the
suspect in you case has a change in custody. To do so,
please visit VINE to
Wichita Family Crisis Center
316-267-7233 or 316-267-SAFE
Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
Attorney General's Victim Services
Child Support Services
Kansas Crime Victims Compensation
120 SW 10th Ave,
Topeka, KS 66612
Kansas Legal Service
Offender Registration Unit
Protection from Abuse / Stalking Office
United Way Info Line
Maize Police Investigations
Maize Municipal Court
Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office
525 N. Main, Wichita KS 67203
DA’s Domestic Violence Coordinator
KDOC Office of Victim Services
Wesley Medical Center
550 N Hillside – 316-962-2000
Wesley West ER & Diagnostic Center
8714 W 13th St N – 316-962-9900
Ascension Via Christi St. Francis
929 N St. Francis – 316-268-5000
Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph
3600 E Harry St – 316-268-5000
Ascension Via Christi St. Teresa
14800 St. Teresa St. – 796-7000
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