Cycle of Violence
Abuse may seem unpredictable but careful observations of battering incidents have proved that, in many cases, there is a predictable pattern to the abusive outbursts. The pattern, or cycle, happens many times over a relationship. Each phase of the pattern may have different lengths of time and over time the level of violence seems to increase in severity. It’s important to note that not everyone’s experiences are the same, nor does all violent relationships fit the cycle.