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Cycle Of Violence
Domestic violence may seem unpredictable; however, it does in fact follow a typical pattern no matter when it occurs or who is involved. The pattern, or cycle, repeats and can happen many times during a relationship. Each phase may last a different length of time and over time the level of violence may increase. It is important to remember that not all domestic violence relationships fit the cycle nor are everyone’s experiences the same.

Cycle Of Violence Adapted from Lenore Walker, The Battered Woman, Harper and Row, 1979
 
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