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07/08/2008 10:02 AM

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nicolechittock
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The cycle of Abuse:

Incident

* Any type of abuse occurs (physical/sexual/emotional)

Tension Building

* Abuser starts to get angry

* Abuse may begin

* There is a breakdown of communication

* Victim feels the need to keep the abuser calm

* Tension becomes too much

* Victim feels like they are 'walking on egg shells'

Making-Up

* Abuser may apologize for abuse

* Abuser may promise it will never happen again

* Abuser may blame the victim for causing the abuse

* Abuser may deny abuse took place or say it was not as bad as the victim claims

Calm

* Abuser acts like the abuse never happened

* Physical abuse may not be taking place

* Promises made during 'making-up' may be met

* Victim may hope that the abuse is over

* Abuser may give gifts to victim

You can find out more about abuse at the Domestic Violence Website. If any of this sounds familiar, please check it out.

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