This cycle is akin to the Power and Control Wheel often referred to in the domestic violence recovery community.
The hoover maneuver is an attempt to see if a prior target of abuse can be conned into another cycle of abuse, resulting in the abusive person reclaiming a sense of power and control by causing pain (emotional and sometimes physical) to a target.
The analogy of a vampire sinking fangs into the jugular vein works here.
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However, if the abusive person harasses or stalks the target, the survivor may want to consider seeking legal action and/or getting the police involved, including but not limited to filing a restraining/protective order. Permission to publish granted by Andrea Schneider, LCSW, therapist in San Dimas, California The preceding article was solely written by the author named above.