Similarities between domestic abuse and workplace bullying

A lot of people have contacted me asking about this diagram. The Power and Control Wheel  was originally developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota. When I came across it I was struck by the similarity between the actions it described and some of the features of workplace bullying that I was researching at the time.

The diagram displays the way in which specific attributes of workplace bullying can mirror those of domestic abuse. This particular wheel was developed in response to reports of women abused by men, and thus is not gender-neutral.


In fact, the Duluth Model uses a number of different sorts of wheels to illustrate the issues it deals with day to day.

You can download my version here:

Fig 3- Power & Control Wheel modified

This modified Power and Control Wheel is published by Gower Publishing in the book Bullying in the Arts, and was adapted by the author by kind permission of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, Minnesota. Please respect copyright and acknowledge sources when using it.


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3 Responses to Similarities between domestic abuse and workplace bullying

  1. jacksonquigg says:

    Thanks, this is a really interesting article. I’ve come across some of the points mentioned in my own research.

  2. Pingback: The torture of workplace bullying | jacksonquigg

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