October is Domestic Violence awareness month, this is another topic that is important to me and I would like to define the cycle of abuse here.
The cycle could be under the cycle of power and control, the cycle of violence, the cycle of domestic violence, or the cycle of intimate partner violence.
- Building tension- Everything starts with criticism, yelling, swearing, coercion, and anger
- Explosion- This peaks with an explosion physical, emotional, mental, or sexual violence
- Honey moon period- This is also called love bombing. This is where gifts are given, apologies, promises, and blame shifting. The partner becomes the picture of perfection
If you are looking for real life examples, including why it is so hard to leave, there are several tiktok channels out there where survivors tell their stories.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse look for local resources, a good place to start can be doctors offices, police stations, employee assistance programs, college campus wellness centers, all tend to have resources.