Thursday, March 18, 2010

Reinvention of the Wheel

Anyone with any familiarity with domestic violence is probably aware of the Power and Control Wheel based on the Duluth Model. That wheel is good for only one thing, pointing out male abusers and female victims. And while that is a good thing it doesn't take a genius to realize that male against female DV nowhere near covers all types of DV, not that that stops people from acting like all DV is m vs f or that other types happen so rarely they are not worth talking about.

Well thankfully Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE) has developed a gender neutral power and control wheel. Now of course this does not mean that the Duluth Power and Control Wheel is somehow obsolete (and I'm sure those who profit from the delusion that DV is only m against f won't let it die) but does mean that there is a far more inclusive model that accounts for many more instances of DV.

The first step to preventing DV is for people to come to terms with the fact that it is not specifically gendered.

Here is a direct link to the wheel.

9 comments:

womanistmusings said...

I think you make a good point in this post. The domestic violence that happens in gay relationships is very often ignored. These people need help like any other victim of domestic violence and framing it as a male on female thing totally obscures their experiences.

Sonja said...

I don't think people yet recognise the importance of emotional abuse, either. Most people will exclusively focus on physical abuse because it is the most noticable, and ignore the emotional because it can be so hard to see.

Anyway, let's hope the SAVE method catches on.

Danny said...

Yes emotional abuse can be very damaging and like you since it is not immediately present you can argue its even more damaging than the physical. Such abuse can lead to Stockholm Syndrome like damage in which the person that is being abused may very well not realize they are being taken control of.

Danny said...

Yes DV in gay relationships if very rarely talked about. I think part of this disavowment comes comes the thought that in order to acknowledge DV in homosexual relationships first they have to acknowledge homosexual relationships. And as we can see there are A LOT of people who either can get their heads around that or refuse to acknowledge it.

Sonja said...

It can also lead to Depression and PTSD, both of which my husband suffer due to emotional abuse in his home. I don't know about the US, but the last figures from Aus had young men 5 times more likely to commit suicide than young women. If that isn't something to act on, I don't know what is.

Danny said...

That stat on suicide in Aus reminds me of a Men's Health Conference coming up in New Zealand.

http://mensnewsdaily.com/newswax/2010/03/18/mens-health-conference-to-be-held-in-new-zealand/

Sonja said...

I'm just glad that Movember has become such a big thing here in Aus. The money gets divided among predominantly male health programs, and in particular, BeyondBlue, a place to help people learn about depression. While they do have a focus on everyone, there is stuff specifically aimed at men as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm not going to do anything except state that the "power and control" wheel concept is very problematic in any form, as the whole thing is based on the assumption that the slightest abuse will inevitably escalate to full blown abuse and that the sole motive behind their expanded definitions of abuse is power or control, and not things such as alcohol and self hatred. I dare say most human relationships don't follow the P&C model.

Other than that, Merry Christmas.

Clarence

Danny said...

I'm not going to do anything except state that the "power and control" wheel concept is very problematic in any form, as the whole thing is based on the assumption that the slightest abuse will inevitably escalate to full blown abuse and that the sole motive behind their expanded definitions of abuse is power or control, and not things such as alcohol and self hatred. I dare say most human relationships don't follow the P&C model.

Thanks for stopping by Clarence.

You make a good point. While its important to do something about the abusive relationships that do follow this model you are correct that we can't afford to force all abuse that happens in relationships into it.

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