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great force, either physical or emotional, usually exerted in order to damage or otherwise abuse something or someone.
horizontal violence violence directed toward one's peers.
risk for violence: self-directed or directed at others a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as behaviors by an individual that can be physically harmful to either the self or others. Related factors include antisocial character, catatonic excitement, panic states, rage reactions, organic brain syndrome, and toxic reactions to drugs. Defining characteristics include aggressive body language, verbalization of hostility, boasting to others about prior abuse, increased motor activity, and overt and aggressive acts, or suicidal tendencies, depression, possession of weapons, history of drug abuse, and inability to verbalize feelings.


great force, either physical or emotional, usually exerted to damage or otherwise abuse something or someone.


The threatened or actual use of physical force against another person, oneself, a group or a community, which results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury or death.


n severe physical force; the forceful assault of a person.

Patient discussion about violence

Q. What should I do if I think there is a domestic violence in my building? I think there is a case of domestic violence going on in with my neighbors. I have heard a man hitting a woman and a woman screaming, things being thrown, etc. This type of event will happen several times a week, lasting all day. I'm not sure where my place is on this, since I don't know them, and I don’t even know what neighbor it is, but I hate just sitting here doing nothing while a man is beating a woman. I don’t know what to do. Please help.

A. I have been on the receiving end of domestic violence. I have only been out for about 1yr and 3 months. I almost lost my children due to the issues. The best thing you can do is report it. Even though the person will never leave the situation until either someone intervenes, or they almost lose their life. They can get possibly die from it. domestic issues tend to escalate instead of subsiding. Also there is the problem that the person in the situation may have been threatened and their self esteem is usually in the gutter. I wasnt allowed out of my house and when I did go out I had to look at the ground. If my boyfriend thought that i was looking at someone male or female I usually got hit.

Q. Is “domestic violence” can be considered a medical issue? Is it curable? My partner is showing scary signs of violence…can it be treated with some sort of medication?

A. you can also tyr to get him into an anger management class,that might also help both of you.

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On the subject of adoption by gay couples, it claims that "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such (homosexual) unions would actually mean doing violence to these children .
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Let's note at the outset that however we choose to cohere to some people and partition ourselves from others, attitudinally and physically, we may be doing violence to the ultimate Unity of Life pointed to by most of the world's religions.
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Those who derive pleasure from watching men doing violence on others must themselves be sick"
If this point seems obvious, I am doing violence to the breadth of Harris's review of these theories, including her wonderful summary of the experiments sociologists have done showing how easily student-subjects can be induced, by the power of suggestion, to identify with a wholly invented group.
Any one even vaguely familiar with the Ramayana knows that the exercise of critically editing such a text runs the risk of doing violence to the tradition.
Those cameras weren't aimed at traffic jams; they were aimed at a man doing violence to himself.
Indeed, for Jim, photography is a means of taking apart other people, of doing violence to them.