originally postulated by American forensic and clinical psychologist Lenore Walker, an abstract outline for comprehending the determination of abusive relationships. The cycle consists of three stages, the first being a honeymoon stage, wherein the abuser treats this abused party with affection and respect. The second stage is defined by tension build-up, wherein the abuser starts to show irritability and rage toward the abused party. The third and final stage is that of violence, wherein the abuse actually takes place. Following such, the cycle perpetuates and repeats itself. In time, the first stage will be reduced in duration, and the second and third stages are extended in duration.