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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.

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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Keywords: Masculinity, Physical violence, Domestic violence, rural/urban areas, Cross Sectional
980 (b)(2), Order Denying Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence.
watchdog group, makes a link between violence shown in video games and now shown on television: "There's an inseparable link now between the type of content you see in video games and what you're starting to see in motion pictures and T.
The Valley Oasis Amigas formed in 1984 to raise money to support the shelter and its program and to educate the public about domestic violence.
Christopher Nolan's Memento (Columbia Tristar) shows us a grieving husband traumatized and corrupted by the violence that took his wife.
After outlining the history of various philosophies of violence generally and of religious aggression more specifically, Avalos introduces his readers to scarce resource theory--a relatively simple yet sensible explanation of the genesis of violence.
The three chapters dealing mainly with the antebellum period form part one, underlined by the molding of the mob violence as a lynching culture.
That event also brings the state and, more generally, other external factors back into the discussion of communal violence that is often presented as something that only the communities themselves are guilty of producing.
Yet, other organizations fighting sexual violence have taken a different view.
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The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of spirituality in school counseling and to link spirituality in counseling practice and programs with violence prevention.