Research has shown that there is a distinctive cycle to domestic abuse. Although every relationship is different, commonalities can be seen. There are three different phases: the honeymoon phase, the tension-building phase, and the explosion phase. The entire goal for this cycle is to keep the survivor on edge and to obtain power and control over the relationship.
This cycle often continues and may even speed up, leaving out the honeymoon stage altogether. If not stopped, the cycle can end in homicide, suicide, or unfortunately both.