People often think of domestic violence as physical abuse. Physical abuse does include shoving, slapping, choking, kicking, using weapons, and murder. Domestic violence also includes many more behaviors, such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, and economic abuse. The Power and Control Wheel shows many of the behaviors used by batterers to control their victims. Power and control are at the center of domestic violence. Each "spoke" of the Wheel is used by batterers to gain control and power. Certified batterer intervention programs work with batterers to identify and stop using all types of abusive behavior.
This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.