Tactics of an abuser

Below are the 12 personas of the 'Dominator' and the effects each one can have on us. An abusive person may exhibit only one persona or a combination of many. By putting these behaviours into categories means that when we are faced with abuse we can recognise it as abuse.

The Bully 

Uses intimidation to control his partner by shouting, glaring, sulking, driving too fast and firing questions at us without giving us a chance to answer. As a result we believe he is angry and try to placate him.

The Headworker

Uses emotional abuse to control his partner by telling us we are stupid, ugly, and incompetent. He is unfaithful and he puts us down in front of others, usually using humour. As a result we lose all self confidence.

The Jailer 

Isolates his partner by sulking when our friends come round, and refusing to look after the children when we have arranged to go out. He charms our friends and family so they do not believe us. He moves us to remote places. As a result we are completely isolated.

The Liar 

Makes the abuse seen less than it was my using the “only” word. For example it was “ only a slap.” When the “only “ word is used the listener does not really hear the rest of the sentence. He also denies there was any abuse or blames us for it. Many men come to the perpetrator programme asking me to help them to deal with this horrible woman who forces him to be violent. He also uses all the excuses we have discussed already. As a result we believe him.

The Badfather 

Uses children to control us. He turns them against us and if we leave him he uses the courts to harass us for access. He denies paternity and tells us we are bad mothers. As a result we lose our children or he seriously damages our ability to parent effectively. 

The King of the Castle  

Controls us by treating us like a servant and expecting us to do all the dirty menial jobs. He controls the money and makes all the major decision. As a result we believe we are second class citizens. The men on the first programme I ran used to say that women are for “CFCs” Cooking, fucking and cleaning. 

The Sexual Controller 

Uses sex to control us. He refuses sex, demands sex, and rapes us. As a result we feel dirty and used and unable to stand up to him.

The Persuader 

This persona comes in to play if we have left the relationship or reported him to the police. He uses coercion or threats to control his partner. He wheedles his way back into the relationship by threatening suicide, crying and saying he has nowhere to go. He threatens to hurt the pets. As a result we have him back and drop charges.

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