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Tension Building Stage

This is the stage where things lead up to that "walking on eggshells" feeling.

Acute Battering Incident Stage

This is the stage where the violence occurs. The amount of violence in this stage usually builds in intensity with each episode.
Progression of violence:

Honeymoon Stage

This is the stage where the batterer either (1) minimizes the episode and then apologizes and promises never to do it again or (2) blames it on alcohol, drugs, etc. and promises it will never happen again or (3) denies it ever happened. The batterer is then sweet and kind and gentle for a while and may buy gifts.

If the victim does leave after the battering incident the batterer will do anything it takes to get them to come back. This includes

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