The ‘Duluth Using Children Post Separation Power and Control Wheel’ from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs illustrates tactics used by domestic abuse perpetrators to continue abuse post-separation, with a focus on involving and impacting children.
The wheel shows overarching categories of abusive behaviors like the perpetrator disrupting the victim’s relationships with children, disregarding children, and undermining her ability to parent. The wheel further provides examples like using children as spies, ridiculing children’s needs, and demanding visitation schedules at children’s expense. The wheel highlights how systems and institutions can enable abuse through actions like exploiting biases around father’s rights.
This understanding equips social workers to offer more informed and targeted support to victims, helping them navigate the complexities of these situations while countering systemic biases that can inadvertently perpetuate abuse.
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