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How violence in our country is affecting today’s Belizean youth?
Violence is a behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone; although the law considers it as the unlawful exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force. There are different types of violence, self-directed violence, collective violence, non-physical, interpersonal violence and targeted violence. The self-directed violence is divided into two groups the suicidal and self-abuse. For the suicidal behavior it includes suicidal thoughts, attempted suicides, and of course suicide; then for self-abuse it is consider acts such as self-mutilation. The collective violence is subdivided into three categories social, political and economic violence. In collective violence it is belief that the motives for such act of violence are done by larger groups of individuals or by states where all three categories aim to gain either status or power. The non-physical includes acts that outcomes from a power relationship, including threats and intimidation, neglect or acts of omission, in addition to more obvious violent acts. Then interpersonal violence is divided into two subcategories the family and intimate partner violence and the community violence. It is considered the violence that occurred in the family and intimate partner violence are child abuse, intimate partner violence and abuse of the elderly; while in the community it includes youth violence, random acts of violence, rape or sexual assaults by strangers. Lastly but not least the targeted violence are several rare but painful episodes of assassination.
The most affected persons in the world caused by violence are the youths. Youths are considered between the ages of 10-29. According to the Amandala Newspaper in 2012 Belize was rated as the 6th most violent country in the world with a murder rate of 41 per 100,000 residents with majority of murder, burglary and theft occurring in the city.



References: http://amandala.com.bz/news/psychological-impact-crime-violence/ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/715781 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Medical_Students_and_Residents/Mentorship_Matters/DevelopMentor/The_Impact_of_Media_Violence_on_Children_and_Adolescents_Opportunities_for_Clinical_Interventions.aspx

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