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{{About|the cycle of violence within one person's pattern of abuse|a broader pattern of violence and intergenerational cycle of violence|Cycle of violence}}
[[Image:Cycle of Abuse.png|thumb|400px|The four phases of the Cycle of Abuse]]
The '''cycle of abuse''' is a [[social cycle theory]] developed in the 1970s by Lenore Walker to explain patterns of behavior in an abusive relationship.<ref name="Walker">Walker, Lenore E. (1979) ''The Battered Woman''. New York: Harper and Row.</ref>
Walker's theory rests on the idea that abusive relationships, once established, are characterized by a predictable repetitious pattern of abuse, whether emotional, psychological or physical, with psychological abuse nearly always preceding and accompanying physical abuse. Additionally, Walker suggested that sustained periods of living in such a cycle may lead to [[learned helplessness]] and [[battered person syndrome]].
Initially, Walker proposed that the cycle of abuse described the controlling [[patriarchal]] behavior of men who felt entitled to abuse their wives to maintain control over them. Her terms "the battering cycle" and "battered woman syndrome" has since been largely eclipsed by "cycle of abuse" and "[[battered person syndrome]]," respectively, for many reasons: to maintain objectivity; because the cycle of abuse doesn't always lead to physical abuse; because symptoms of the syndrome have been observed in men and women, and are not confined to marriage and dating. Similarly, Dutton (1994)<ref>{{Cite journal |last=Dutton |first=Donald G. |year=1994 |title=Patriarchy And Wife Assault: The Ecological Fallacy |journal=Violence and Victims |volume=9 |number=2 |pages=167–182 |url=}}</ref> writes, "The prevalence of violence in homosexual relationships, which also appear to go through abuse cycles is hard to explain in terms of men dominating women."
The cycle of abuse concept is widely used in [[domestic violence]] programs, particularly in the United States. Critics have argued the theory is flawed as it does not apply as universally as Walker suggested, does not accurately or completely describe all abusive relationships, and may favor ideological presumptions over empirical data.<ref name="Dutton&Golant">Dutton, Donald G. and Susan Golant. 1997. The Batterer: A Psychological Profile. 0465033881</ref>
==Phases of the cycle==
The cycle usually goes in the following order, and will repeat until the conflict is stopped, usually by the survivor entirely abandoning the relationship.<ref>Bancroft, Lundy. ''Why does he do that? Inside the minds of angry and controlling men'' Berkley Publishing Group 2002 ISBN 0-399-14844-2</ref> The cycle can occur hundreds of times in an abusive relationship, the total cycle taking anywhere from a few hours, to a year or more to complete. However, the length of the cycle usually diminishes over time so that the "reconciliation" and "calm" stages may disappear.
===1: Tension building phase===
This phase occurs prior to an overtly abusive act, and is characterized by poor communication, [[passive aggression]], rising interpersonal tension, and fear of causing outbursts in one's partner. During this stage the survivor may attempt to modify his or her behavior to avoid triggering their partner's outburst.
===2: Acting-out phase===
Characterized by outbursts of violent, abusive incidents. During this stage the abuser attempts to dominate his/her partner (survivor), with the use of domestic violence.
===3: Reconciliation/Honeymoon phase===
Characterized by affection, apology, or, alternatively, ignoring the incident. This phase marks an apparent end of violence, with assurances that it will never happen again, or that the abuser will do his or her best to change. During this stage the abuser feels overwhelming feelings of remorse and sadness, or at least pretends to. Some abusers walk away from the situation with little comment, but most will eventually shower the survivor with love and affection. The abuser may use [[self-harm]] or threats of [[suicide]] to gain sympathy and/or prevent the survivor from leaving the relationship. Abusers are frequently so convincing, and survivors so eager for the relationship to improve, that survivors who are often worn down and confused by longstanding abuse, stay in the relationship.<ref name="Walker" /><ref>Brewster, Susan ''Helping her get free'' Seal Press 2006 ISBN 1-58005-167-7</ref>
Although it is easy to see the outbursts of the Acting-out Phase as abuse, even the more pleasant behaviours of the Honeymoon Phase perpetuates the abuse because the survivor then sees that the relationship isn't all bad.
===4: Calm phase===
During this phase (which is often considered an element of the honeymoon/reconciliation phase), the relationship is relatively calm and peaceable. However, interpersonal difficulties will inevitably arise, leading again to the tension building phase.
Walker's cycle of abuse theory was regarded as a revolutionary and important concept in the study of abuse and interpersonal violence.<ref name="Dutton&Golant"/> However, subsequent researchers have occasionally critiqued Walker's methodology, preconceptions or findings.
Dutton and Golant<ref name="Dutton&Golant"/> agree that Walker's cycle of abuse accurately describes all cyclically abusive relationships they studied. Nonetheless, they also note that her initial research was based almost entirely on [[anecdotal]] data from a rather small set of women who were in violent relationships. Walker<ref name="Walker"/> herself wrote, "These women were not randomly selected and they cannot be considered a legitimate [[data base]] from which to make specific generalizations."
==See also==
* [[Outline of domestic violence]]
* [[Psychological abuse]]
* [[Psychological manipulation]]
* [[Relational disorder]]
* [[Violence against men]]
* [[Violence against women]]
==Further reading==
* [[Beverly Engel|Engel, Beverly]] ''Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: How to Move Beyond Your Past to Create an Abuse-Free Future'' (2005)
* Biddix, Brenda FireEagle ''Inside the Pain: (a survivors guide to breaking the cycles of abuse and domestic violence)'' (2006)
* Hameen, Latifah ''Suffering In Silence: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse'' (2006)
* Hegstrom, Paul ''Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them: Breaking the Cycle of Physical and Emotional Abuse'' (2004)
* Herbruck, Christine Comstock ''Breaking the cycle of child abuse'' (1979)
* Marecek, Mary ''Breaking Free from Partner Abuse: Voices of Battered Women Caught in the Cycle of Domestic Violence'' (1999)
* Mills, Linda G. ''Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse'' (2008)
* Ney, Philip G. & Peters, Anna ''Ending the Cycle of Abuse: The Stories of Women Abused As Children & the Group Therapy Techniques That Helped Them Heal'' (1995)
* Pugh, Roxanne ''Deliverance from the Vicious Cycle of Abuse '' (2007)
* Quinn, Phil E. ''Spare the Rod: Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse (Parenting/Social Concerns and Issues)'' (1988)
* Smullens, SaraKay ''Setting Yourself Free :Breaking the Cycle of Emtional Abuse in Family, Friendships, Work and Love'' (2002)
* Waldfogel, Jane ''The Future of Child Protection: How to Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect'' (2001)
* Wiehe, Vernon R. ''What Parents Need to Know About Sibling Abuse: Breaking the Cycle of Violence '' (2002)
===Academic journals===
* Coxe, R & Holmes, W ''A study of the cycle of abuse among child molesters.'' Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v10 n4 p111-18 2001
* Dodge, K. A., Bates, J. E. and Pettit, G. S. (1990) ''Mechanisms in the cycle of violence.'' Science, 250: 1678-1681.
* Egeland, B., Jacobvitz, D., & Sroufe, L. A. (1988). ''Breaking the cycle of abuse: Relationship predictors.'' Child Development, 59(4), 1080-1088.
* Egeland, B & Erickson, M - ''Rising above the past: Strategies for helping new mothers break the cycle of abuse and neglect.'' Zero to Three 1990, 11(2):29-35.
* Egeland, B. (1993) ''A history of abuse is a major risk factor for abusing the next generation.'' In: R. J. Gelles and D. R. Loseke (eds) Current controversies on family violence. Newbury Park, Calif.; London: Sage.
* Furniss, Kathleen K. ''Ending the cycle of abuse: what behavioral health professionals need to know about domestic violence.'': An article from: Behavioral Healthcare (2007)
* Glasser, M & Campbell, D & Glasser, A & Leitch I & Farrelly S ''Cycle of child sexual abuse: links between being a victim and becoming a perpetrator'' The British Journal of Psychiatry (2001) 179: 482-494
* Kirn, Timothy F. ''Sexual abuse cycle can be broken, experts assert.(Psychiatry): An article from: Internal Medicine News'' (2008)
* Quayle, E Taylor, M - ''Child pornography and the Internet: Perpetuating a cycle of abuse'' Deviant Behavior, Volume 23, Issue 4 July 2002, pages 331 - 361
* Stone, AE & Fialk, RJ ''Criminalizing the exposure of children to family violence: Breaking the cycle of abuse'' 20 Harv. Women's L.J. 205, Spring, 1997
* Woods, J ''Breaking the cycle of abuse and abusing: Individual psychotherapy for juvenile sex'' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 2, No. 3, 379-392 (1997)
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'''Cycle of Abuse'''. In some areas of psychological research, violence is thought rarely to be only a one-time event. When abuse occurs in a relationship, it is said that the odds of re-occurrence increase dramatically.
'''Phase 1''': In this phase, tension is mounting within a home or situation. This is when minor conflicts occur and threats of violence may escalate. The duration of this phase may last from a few hours to sometimes months.
'''Phase 2''': In this phase, the actual hands on abuse often occurs. The abuser may slap, kick, choke, or even commit worse bodily harm to the victim. The use of sexual acts or the use of weapons may occur. It is in this phase that there are usually no witnesses and there is little the victim can do to stop the violence.
'''Phase 3:''' The is often called the apology phase or the "Honeymoon" phase. The abuser may apologize and show great signs of remorse and beg for forgiveness. Often, the abuser will present gifts and tokens so that the victim will excuse the abuse. The abuser may even promise to seek treatment for the behavior and promise it will never happen again.
'''Phase 4''': Phase 1 starts all over again in a vicious cycle. Unfortunately, the abuse begins again and most often the abuser is more violent and terrorizing in his/her acts. The victim is often injured to the point of hospitalization or worse and often can not find an escape out of the situation.
This cycle is seen as 'never ending', unless 'the victim' finds a way to physically leave the situation.
Criticisms have been raised about the methodological limitations of the research from which this theory arises. While the theory 'fits' the anecdotal experience of many partners in abusive relationships, there are questions about its universal and determinist application as a prognostic tool. Coverage of this theory in the media and in popular self-help books is said to have distorted public perception of the complexity & diversity of relationship breakdown, and also contributed to the design of unsatisfactory interventions by the state in relationships.-->
== External links ==
* [ The Abusive Cycle]
*[ How the Cycle of Abuse terrorizes, controls and breaks you...]
*[ What the cycle consists of]
*[ Types of Abuse diagram]
*[ Types of Abuse diagram Spanish]
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