The Cycle of Violence

  1.  Tension-building
    • Starts with minor incidents and gradually build over time
    • Power struggles start to emerge
  2. Acute Battering
    • Power struggle creates rage that results in violent acts
    • Violent acts become unpredictable – uses violence as anger release
  3. Honeymoon phase
    • Batterer shows remorse and regret towards victim
    • Batterer gives gifts, apologies, showers with attention, and pledges love to victim
    • May take awhile but cycle will reappear