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Post-Separation Abuse Featured in the New Duluth Power and Control Wheel  

Author:  Chris Godsey.; Renita Robinson.

Source: Volume 06, Number 04, Spring 2014 , pp.101-105(5)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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In this article, authors Chris Godsey and Renita Robinson describe the Duluth Post-Separation Power and Control Wheel, which depicts the commonplace tactics used by batterers to continue their battering during the post-separation period. These tactics typically involve the manipulation of the children and of the mother’s relationship to them. Any reader who is familiar with domestic violence custody cases is likely to recognize these strategies in cases they’ve seen. Since the post-separation period is the most dangerous time for a victim, it would seem exceptionally important for battered women, along with their lawyer and other allies, to be able to recognize these tactics and do everything to put a stop to them before the batterer is allowed to continue wreaking emotional and psychological havoc on the victims and their children.

Keywords: Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP)

Affiliations:  1: Univ of Minnesota; 2: Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Mankato.

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