Minimizing is quickly changing the focus from the meaning or goal of a behavior, to the concrete results. Since most abusive behavior relies on the implied but unused threat of battering or more coercive actions, simply describing the concrete behavior can at times seriously under-depict the harm and power aspects. Often, strong reactions by a survivor to intimidating behavior is described by minimizers as crazy because it is supposedly out of proportion. However the survivors reaction is in response to the overall picture.

Minimizing also consists of admitting what is already provable and denying the part that can't be proven.