The Cycle of Violence

Stage I – Tension Building

Tension exists between the family members.

It is displayed by the batterer becoming increasingly irritable, jealous, or threatening.

Stage II – Explosion

The battering incident. The tension becomes unbearable and is uncontrollably discharged.

Stage III – The Honeymoon

The batterer is extremely loving and apologetic.

Gifts are often given along with promises that

the abuse will never happen again.

Then it begins again.

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