In order to better understand stalking, it is vital that we understand Domestic Violence. Once of the ways we can do this is through the Power and Control Wheel. Many people think of Domestic Violence as a husband that physically attacks his wife. The truth is, there is much more involved.
While women make up the majority of those victimized by Domestic Violence, a 2010 study showed that men are increasingly becoming victims. Studies between 1994 and 2010 showed that men made up only 20% of Domestic Violence victims. Recent studies by both the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Justice have shown that number to be as high as 40%. This means that nearly half of all Domestic Violence victims are men.
Physical attacks are a part of Domestic Violence, but mental and emotional abuse is just as prevalent. What sort of things constitute mental and emotional abuse and control? A list of these can be found on the National Domestic Violence Hotline Website. Included in the information is the original Duluth Power and Control Wheel that has been modified to be gender neutral, in recognition of the fact that ANYBODY can be a victim of Domestic Violence.
How much do you know about stalking? Click the following link to take the National Stalking Awareness Month Quiz.