Cover your tracks

Power and Control in Relationships

Controlling behaviour within a relationship develops over time. It may begin subtly and is not always obvious to the person being controlled. 

The power and control wheel (below) explains the types of behaviours or tactics that may be used by a perpetrator to maintain the power and control in a relationship.

Credit: The Duluth Model

The most dangerous time for a woman in a domestic and family violence situation is when they make the decision to leave the relationship and the six months post separation.  The below wheel explains the ways in which a perpetrator may attempt to continue exerting power and control over the victim.

Acknowledgment to Country 

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