The Abuse Cycle – An Established Paradigm


This paradigm obtains regardless whether the abuse is sexual abuse, or abuse in the family, or abuse at the workplace, or where a public authority makes an adverse decision, which is wrong in law, causing harm.

  1. On abuse, the abused suffers harm
  2. Compounding the harm, the abused suffers shock and awe
  3. The abused experiences intrapersonal conflict, with need to trust the abuser
  4. The abused experiences intrapersonal conflict in respect to the power of the abuser
  5. The abused experiences intrapersonal conflict with the abuser’s implied and expressed threats to the abused, demanding silence, compliance and conspiracy
  6. The abused is not successful or availed of alternative authority to confide the abuse, with subsequent compounding intrapersonal conflict, compounding the harm
  7. The intrapersonal conflict interferes with the capacity of the abused to function, thus further compounding the harm
  8. The abused evidences strange behaviour such as withdrawal, or self-harm such as cutting, anorexia, bulimia, acting…

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