Assessment: IPV Processes

The illustration is of a circle with an arrow circling clockwise in order of three words (1) tension; (2) violence; and (3) reconciliation. The illustration refers to the natural history cycles of violence that occur with intimate partner violence. The cycle is believed to have three distinct phases which begins with mounting tension between partners that escalates into violence, which then results in some form of appeasement by the perpetrator, who might feel remorseful, apologetic or loving towards the victim,

[Source: Carden, A. D. (1994). Wife abuse and the wife abuser: Review and recommendations. Counseling Psychologist, 22, 539-582; Walker, L. E. (1979). The battered woman. New York: Harper and Row.]