Similarities between domestic abuse and workplace bullying

Republished from JQA

Lots 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.


4 responses to “Similarities between domestic abuse and workplace bullying

  1. Good to see this kind of diagram being displayed and the mirror images help to explain the specific attributes to the simularities of the two topics workplace bullying and domestic abuse.

  2. Thanks anna may. There are also links between school bullying, adolescent violence (date rape etc), workplace bullying and domestic abuse. Researchers are finding out more all the time.

  3. In my experience, WorkSafeBC provides little comfort when investigating Bullying Harassment claims. One of the investigator stated that, “If we can’t control bullying in our workplace how do you think we can do anything about your wife’s?” Needless to say I asked him to be removed from the case.

    • Hi. Thanks for your comment. I don’t know much about the procedures followed by WorkSafeBC as your link took me to a Facebook page (your own I think) – one of many of a similar nature. It’s great that you’re trying to raise the profile of workplace bullying and it sounds like you’ve had an unhappy experience however I can’t comment except to sympathise with you, as I don’t know the case details and I’m not familiar with the statistics from the ‘Monster Poll 2011’ you cite. If you have information about the origins of this particular research I’d love to have further details, thanks.

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