Power and Control Wheel

In an abusive relationship, the goal of the abuser is to gain power and control over the other. This creates an imbalance of power in the relationship. Each spoke of the wheel (threats, intimidation, emotional abuse) strengthens this imbalance and the inequality. Holding this system together is fear, and often physical or sexual violence.


Domestic Abuse Intervention Project
206 West Fourth Street
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 722-2781