Violence and Its Effect on the Community

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Violence and its Effect on the Community
Charlotte Anderson-Brown
Axia College of University of Phoenix

Violence and its Effect on the Community

Violence in the community has become a major issue. While due to law enforcement agencies, community education and crime watch violence can be circumvented; violence directly and indirectly affects how we live our lives. Let’s us first examine what violence is. Violence is a physical action, which takes place once a person becomes upset to a point of being furious, which then leads to another person becoming injured. The possible causes of violence could be sociological, biological or psychological. Violence in the form of bullying, gangs, the use of weapons, domestic and any other forms of violent crimes all contributes to the fear experienced by many people. Violence in America's neighborhoods and communities cannot be overlooked. Violence amongst adults and children is a valid concern for everyone. First, the location of where a person lives could play a factor in violence (sociological). If a person lives in a low-income neighborhood, where the employment rate is very low, there is a possibility that the crime rate will be higher, because those living there long for the “good life” just like others who live in the fine neighborhoods, with good educations, luxurious homes and cars. Not having this causes violence to take place, because they feel oppressed for not having the opportunity to obtain these things and go after what they want in a negative way. Secondly, there could be a biological cause. This could be hereditary, but sometimes this is not necessarily so. The violence could come to a person because of a head injury, there could be a hormone imbalance, or a person could have been exposed to lead paint. All these play a factor in being violent. Last, we have a possible cause of violence as being psychological. If a person is dealing

with mental illnesses, such as being bi-polar, schizophrenic, or dealing with the many other illnesses of the mind, they could very well produce acts of violence. Constantly being intimidated and put down by someone can take a toll on a person’s mind. Intimidation will cause the person to react violently, if pushed. There are many different kinds of violence. Some kinds of violence are prejudicial, domestic, violence on gays, gang related or territorial, etc. The cycle of violence is repeated with “an eye for an eye,” a “tooth for a tooth.” No one seems to understand that he or she could be the better person, by just forgiving the person that commits a crime against them. They feel it is their responsibility to give back what was given to them, whether it is good or bad. This violence is repeated over again stemming from generation to generation. Family feuds begin from one act of violence against the other and continue, until a family member come forth and agrees to end it. Domestic Violence is one of the main forms of violence that has a great affect on our community. Domestic violence is an escalating pattern of abuse in which one partner in an intimate relationship exerts power and control through the use of fear, threats, intimidation, coercion and violence. Domestic Violence statistics show that 31% of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the United States and on average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day. (, 2007) A violent crime such as bullying, gangs, the use of weapons effects the community by impacting our children at school and college. Community violence gives rise to subsets of associated violence that impact schools. The effects of campus violence can be devastating to both individual students and specific learning environments. Schools that lack effective discipline, respect for academic standards,...
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