Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: Inuit

It is not your fault!

Thinking and talking about abuse is difficult.

"The silence is the worst … I wish he'd just beat me up and get it over with."

Many people have found that there is a cycle of abuse. The following diagram shows how this cycle works.

Cycle of abuse: Details in text following the image

The tension builds for a while until the person acts violently. After the "explosion" or violence, there is a period of calm or quiet. The person who was violent may say they are sorry and promise it will not happen again. He may promise to get help … or even threaten to kill himself. However, in time, the tension builds and he usually becomes violent again. The violence usually gets worse over time and happens more often.

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