The Four Stages Of Lenore Walker's Social Cycle Of Violence

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Violence is never a good thing for any one and because of violence a lot of people have gotten hurt very bad or even killed. However, these senseless acts will never stop or change and has been going on for year. Therefore, in 1970 Lenore Walker developed the social cycle theory known as the cycle of violence. She created this cycle in hopes of limiting some of the domestic violence and abuse that women were dealing with. Now this cycle has four stages of violence in it which consists of tension building, the incident, reconciliation, and calm. Yet, each stage has a different level of violence as well as abuse and how the victim feels at that stage. Therefore, the first stage is called the tension building stage. At this stage the abuser starts …show more content…
Furthermore, the victim feels a sense of fear and anxiety toward their abuser (domestic-violence.law.com n.d.). However, abuse can begin at this stage because of the anger and the breakdown in communication. Next, there is the incident stage which is where the enactment of the abusive incident occurs whether it’s physical, sexual or emotional in nature (domestic-violence.law.com n.d.). However, this stage also uses intimidation as a way to facilitate the abuse taking place (domestic-violence.law.com n.d.). The third stage is called the reconciliation or make-up stage and is where both persons in the relationship decide to make-up. Normally in this stage the abuser expresses remorse for their actions but in some cases the abuser in this stage will also deny any form of abuse has taken place (domestic-violence.law.com n.d.). It has also been said that the abuser in this stage may be dealing with self-doubt and guilt within the abused partner (domestic-violence.law.com n.d.). The final stage is called the calm stage where the abuser acts as if nothing ever happened and it normally follows an apology from the abuser. However, there may not be any physical abuse taking place at this stage it could be …show more content…
The first stage was met when Marty started beating Amy because of their financial problems. He was angry because she did not have a job and he was the only one working in the household. Therefore, the abuse begins with her as well as the children because they had to witness their father abusing their mother whether it was physically or emotionally. Unfortunately, Amy would always try to down play the abuse by telling family members as well as law enforcement that it did not happen. Yet, Marty would also deny the abuse ever happen or was happening which is a part of the making-up stage and the calm stage. However, there was evidence of this abuse going on in the household because Amy had been seen with bruises on her and their son Aaron had shown up at school on several occasions with bruises but denied that they came from his father. Now on the other hand their daughter Ashley has not been seen with any bruises or signs of abuse physically but she is dating a young man who does abuse her mentally. Therefore, this is a sign of the incident stage of the cycle of violence which can later lead to the tension building because he has an anger problem and from there lead to the last three stages. Unfortunately, Marty is a violent person and in return has led to his son being abusive and his daughter being the victim of abuse because she has seen her mother

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