Violence is not constant in the relationship but it reoccurs. It can appear in outbursts, interspersed by periods of apparent calm. We call it a cycle of violence.
- Increasing violence: The abuser creates a climate of tension (complaints, accusation, rough gestures).
- Explosion: The abuser attacks psychologically or causes bodily harm.
- Justification: The abuser excuses these violent acts as being caused by external factors (work problems, his or her partner's "bad behaviour").
- Honeymoon: The abuser ceases these acts of violence, seeks forgiveness and promises it won't happen again.
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