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Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.

While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence.

It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation.

Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.

"So if someone's going to beat the crap out of you, odds are, you'll be better off if it's a stranger." These guys do not come with warning labels, but Nussbaum now thinks she can spot an abusive man, or at least a controlling man with a capacity for abuse.When Hedda Nussbaum was a young, single woman living with a roommate in a New York City brownstone, she heard a ruckus outside her building one night and peered out the window to see a neighbor in her bathrobe, refusing to go back inside until the police arrived.The woman's husband, known to be a heavy drinker, turned out to be abusive.In 1989 her long-term partner, Joel Steinberg, was convicted of manslaughter after beating their illegally adopted 6-year-old daughter into a coma; another illegally adopted toddler, found tethered to his crib, was returned to his birth mother.Prosecutors dropped the original murder charges against Nussbaum, her body a testament to years of severe abuse.