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Power and Control Wheel Psychological Abuse and Coercive Control

As a result of interviewing women in-depth about their experiences of psychological abuse/coercive control by their male partners, I (Clare Murphy PhD) developed a new power and control wheel. The wheel expands upon the Duluth Wheel to include a wider range of non-physical tactics of power and control.

Each night 46,000 Australian women do not have a safe place to sleep. Many of those women have children.

40 per cent of homeless people living in shelters are women.

The largest single cause of homelessness in Australia is domestic and family violence, which overwhelmingly affects women and children.

Most of the women presenting at refuges are homeless due to:

  1. Domestic violence
  2. Mental health issues

If in need of finding a shelter in Australia call 1800 656 463

See the website —

In 2012 Tairawhiti Community Voice commissioned Kaitiaki Research and Evaluation to undertake research to:

A New Zealand study carried out for ACC — described in the reference below — identified that domestic violence may account for as much as 12% of psychological distress and 7% of physical illness among adult women in New Zealand. 

Reference: Kazantzis, N., R. A. Flett, et al.  Domestic Violence, Psychological Distress and Physical Illness Among New Zealand Women:  Results from a community based study. New Zealand Journal of Psychology 2000 29 [2] 67 -73.

Research in USA reveals that "Up to 100 percent of homeless women have experienced domestic or sexual violence."

Reference: Policy Brief: The characteristics of homeless women. Colorado Coalition for the Homeless January 2012 

Hello . . . . Welcome to our blog. Dr. Jennifer Hand, Carol Waterman, Sarah Hart and Julie Buchanan in the photo to the right . . ... and other Trustees are Debbie Hager and Dr. Clare Murphy. 

We won't be blogging too often, but when we have a news item, or something we'd really like to share that relates to Homeworks Trust's purpose, this is where we'll post it.