Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.
While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence.
Abuse of power, in the form of "malfeasance in office" or "official misconduct," is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties.
You can also be made to feel forced through more subtle actions.
For example, an abusive partner: Even if your partner isn’t forcing you to do sexual acts against your will, being made to feel obligated is coercion in itself.
In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early stages of a relationship.
Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.
Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.
It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties.Abuse of authority is separated from abuse of power in that the act is originally condoned, but is extended beyond that initially conceived and is in not all cases An abuse of discretion is a failure to take into proper consideration, the facts and laws relating to a particular matter; an arbitrary or unreasonable departure from precedent and settled judicial custom.It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.Abuse of information typically involves a breach of confidence or plagiarism, or extending the confidence of information beyond those authorised.