The Three Stages Of The Cycle Of Abuse In Relationships

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A good representation of why women stay in these relationships is the cycle of abuse. The cycle of abuse is a three part cycle that relationships go through with the severity getting greater and greater each time. The beginning stage of the cycle of abuse is the “honeymoon phase”. In this stage, the male comes across as a perfect gentleman that is loving and caring. He lures his partner in with his charm as well as his personality that he puts up. As a woman this can seem very enticing. The second stage, however, is where the conflict can begin to take place. This stage is the “tension phase”. In this stage there is less abuse. The woman can have denial that her spouse or partner is acting that way. The batterer can be very moody and quick to anger. He can be put off by anything at any moment. This stage of tension is continuing to build until the next stage has been reached. The third final stage is the “violent phase”. Everything has been escalating up to this point. This stage can become quite dangerous for the victim. Typically, physical abuse can take place during this stage. Anything can cause this final stage to take place. It is the last straw of the cycle. The batterer loses control over their emotions. This can …show more content…
Women tend to understand each other with the topic of domestic abuse. The feminist movement of the 1970s has changed the way people think on violence. With women being the typical victim, they know first hand that domestic violence is not acceptable. Domestic violence is a crime that can and must be punished. Wilson who is the author of When Violence Begins at Home says, “Men who batter do so because they can and it works. Abusive men have received the message that violence against women is acceptable behavior.” Unfortunately, American society has turned a blind eye towards home violence. This is why policy and the way society thinks must

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