Domestic violence is not just physical. It can also be verbal, religious, mental, sexual, and financial. The wheel of Power and Control helps explain the different types of power that narcissistic sociopaths may impose upon their victims.
Many perpetrators of violence start at exercising low levels of control over others (including small children, pets, and animals), which can escalate and become violent, and end in death.
It is important to have an understanding of these types of power and control, so that we are able to make choices on relationships to engage in.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one is “less than” any other human being.
If you see these signs of power and control being exercised in a relationship, speak up — we have the responsibility to one another, because our children are watching, and they are likely to use these “tactics” to attempt to control others, and when unable, if unguided, to satisfy their needs.
“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”