|Phase 1 – TENSION BUILDING:
Tension increases, breakdown of communication, victim feels need to placate the abuser.
|Phase 4 – CALM:
Incident is “forgotten”, no abuse is taking place.
|Phase 2 – INCIDENT:
Verbal and emotional abuse. Anger, blaming, arguing. Threats. Intimidation.
|Phase 3 – RECONCILIATION:
Abuser apologizes, gives excuses, blames the victim, denies the abuse occurred, or says it wasn’t as bad as the victim claims.