Violent behavior affects not only women
but also ...
Violent behavior affects not only women
but also the children and the community as a whole. Violent behavior begins
with threats and minor incidents, but this can grow to physical harm towards
the victim over time. The acts of violence are damaging both emotionally and
physically, and they include; verbal, physical, child abuse, elder abuse,
sexual assault and even domestic violence for a married couple. Violence is
more dangerous than any other infectious disease in America today, since it
causes more injuries and deaths among adults, teenagers, and children. The
leading causes of death in children today are murder, suicide and those
emanating from severe violent injury. There are however various ways that the
violent behavior can be looked into and taken care of to prevent the
devastating consequences ("Anger, Hostility, And Violent Behavior |
Domestic violence among adults results
in a lack of self-worth. Domestic violence is one of the leading acts of
violence and takes shape in the form of physical abuse or emotional abuse. The
offender subjects the victim to emotional abuse where they use the victim’s
weaknesses as a weapon to hurt them. Using their weaknesses may result in the
victim feeling worthless and lacking motivation in life which as a result may
lead to the victim engaging in activities that put their life in danger. Women
are the most likely vulnerable to domestic violence because they tend to be
more emotional than men hence vulnerable to emotional abuse. The reckless
behavior may be drug abuse, alcohol abuse and having many sexual partners so as
to escape their problem at home and cope with the situation. The physical
effects of domestic violence are bruises, burns, black eyes, broken bones and
other physical pains that may continue years after the abuse happened. A
serious effect may be miscarriage for those being abused while pregnant. The
effect of losing a child is not only a loss to the nation but also a very traumatic
situation for the mother who has lost their child. The effects of this are
worse for the mother because she will never forget the traumatic event, and she
may probably never recover from that hence suffer post-traumatic stress
disorder all these leading to poor self-image and as a result little
productivity to the society. For those who are entirely damaged, they may not
find any use in living, therefore, end up committing suicide ("Harmful
Effects Of Violence - Hesperian Health Guides").
Violent behavior just like any other
behavior is learned from observation. Learning does not only happen where there
is a classroom set up or teaching from the parent, there is also learning known
as the social learning. A situation where a child or a teenager picks up
certain behaviors from an age mate or an adult is called social learning.
However, this is not intentional, the highest percentage of social learning is
unconscious meaning that one picks up particular behavior just by being in the
environment where it is practiced. Exposure to violence increases one’s chances
of becoming violent which is similar to a contagious disease ("Science Of
Violent Behavior"). The copying of the violent behavior is mainly seen in
children who have been brought up in a violent environment. These kids tend to
exhibit angry and aggressive behavior towards their fellow children and in most
cases, they tend to be bullies in all the situations. This is however not the
only source of social learning, in a recent 17-year scientific study report, it
is observed that the children who spent more than an hour on television tend to
be more violent than those who spend less time. The report also concludes that
those adolescents who spend the most time on T.V end up committing aggressive
acts against other people in future (Mestel). Children may also, instead of
being violent, tend to be withdrawn to escape from being noticed and in the
long run, are not able to cope with social situations (Hutchins and
Sinha). On the short-term, a child
witnessing violence may experience traumatic effects like nightmares and other
kinds of fears resulting to a poor quality of life since they may not be able
to have a good night sleep. Sleep is an imperative aspect of a child’s
development and determines how the day goes. This might also affect their
performance in school. Other than these, violence may be turned on the child in
a domestic violence situation, and the child may end up being injured or killed
as a result ("Harmful Effects Of Violence - Hesperian Health
Violent behavior poses various costs on
the society. These are expenses incurred as the society tries to prevent future
occurrence of violent incidents. A community may decide to impose preventative
measures since if not controlled, through social learning, a new generation may
be created that is full of violence, a society that continues believing that
men are better than women and one that does not advocate for equal rights. It
is for this reason that the nation will incur the costs like those resulting
from imprisoning offenders. The society believes that the best way to correct
the mistake is taking the offenders to the prison and those that have been
affected through the rehabilitation process which will assist the victims to
get over the post-traumatic stress resulting from violence. The consequence of
this is that time is lost in the process which would have been spent on
productive things. Punishing of the offenders through taking them to a prison
results to the society incurring costs on money spent to maintain the prisons
and also human resource locked up in jail (Cohen, Miller and Rossman 72-100).
A systematic approach to tackle violence
is what is needed to prevent violence in future. Although there are various
factors identified to cause violent behavior, it is not easy to pinpoint or
single out a particular cause of violence. Various risk factors cause the
violence behavior in people, therefore, reducing these risk factors by
addressing the root cause prevents continuous aggressiveness, and violent
behaviors is necessary. The systematic approach to violence puts together
offenders and the victims on the same social system where diverse
interdependence and interactions exist between them. The social interactions
have direct and indirect effects on people living in the society. Understanding
these interactions, the dependence and the effects that result from these
interactions which promote violent behaviors is imperative in planning a
systematic approach that will be implemented to tackle the violence. Therefore,
this means that a sustainable control of violence cannot be achieved in one day
or by one actor alone. It needs a collaborative, day to day approach where
everyone acts to achieve the goal which is acquiring a violence free environment.
The key players in this quest just to name a few are social workers, police,
scholars, the private sector, politicians, teachers, doctors and civil society
organizations. The systematic approach involves cross-sectional cooperation,
networking while changing offenders’ perspective on handling anger and taking
control of their issues and not letting the issues control them. The
collaborative approach will also provide chances for people to make the living
better due to job opportunities which will reduce violence. This is because
some of the offenders act out of frustration. There will be no reason to act
out while life does not present frustrations ("How Can We Prevent
behavior is a danger to the society since it cripples every step towards the
development of the community. A lot of money is wasted when trying to get
assistance to cater for medical attention due to physical abuse, money going to
take care of prisoners and money going to a psychiatrist due to post-traumatic
stress resulting from the violent behavior. Other than this, a lot of time is
wasted while seeing the doctor and also a lifetime in prison serving a sentence
due to violent conduct. Violent behavior can also ruin the life of a child who
did not commit any mistake just because of violent behavior. It is, therefore,
because of this, that it is important to control anger or seek assistance if
need be before things get out of hand. The society needs to be a place where
people can live at peace and where everyone is free to express themselves. This
is achievable if there is a systematic approach and collaboration of everyone
so that the adverse effects can be eliminated.
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