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The Technology Power and Control Wheel is modeled after the original Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN. The Technology Power and Control Wheel is an attempt to provide specific examples of ways technology is used in the context of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The wheel helps to illustrate tactics perpetrators use and the dynamics of abuse. The center of the wheel illustrates the abuser’s central goal, which is to maintain power and control over the victim. Each spoke of the wheel represents a different tactic that an abuser can use to maintain this power and control. The wheel’s rim, which holds everything together, symbolizes the way that an abuser will use physical or sexual violence or the threat of it in order to reinforce the power of the other tactics.