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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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The Cycle of Violence

Here is another model that illustrates the dynamics that lead to the decision to remain with or return to the abuser.

Figure 2. The Cycle of Violence

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Source: The Battered Woman Syndrome (2000), by Dr. Lenore Walker. Used with permission.

As this model shows, physical abuse is not always a continual element in the relationship. It might start with a night of constant terror, or might be as quick as a single blow. Afterwards, there is usually a period of contrition and remorse, especially if there are pending criminal charges. An abuser will beg for forgiveness and make promises never to do it again. I was drunk. There are ...

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