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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Violence Part 1  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 27 May 2005

We are living in a world of violence and terror and it is very important to understand what causes us to become angry and violent.

It is very normal to become angry but what do we do with that anger?

We many times think we have a right to become violent, but as we look at the REASONS FOR VIOLENCE what do we really see?Here is one of the courses I teach at the Restitution Center with using the Bible as a text book. But note how basic this teaching is and how it can be used to correct any lack of conscience we need to have freedom in our world today. We should never forget, it is not my truth, but Gods truth that give us the victory again and again over our tendencey for violence.

Violence. It's the act of purposefully hurting someone. And it's a major issue facing today's young adults. One in 12 high schoolers is threatened or injured with a weapon each year. If you're between the ages of 12 and 24, you face the highest risk of being the victim of violence.

At the same time, statistics show that by the early 1990's the incidence of violence caused by young people reached unparalleled levels in American society.

There is no single explanation for the overall rise in youth violence. Many different factors cause violent behavior. The more these factors are present in your life, the more likely you are to commit an act of violence.


What causes someone to punch, kick, stab or fire a gun at someone else or even him/herself?

There is never a simple answer to that question. But people often commit violence because of one, or more of the following:

Expression. Some people use violence to release feelings of anger or frustration. They think there are no answers to their problems and turn to violence to express their out of control emotions.

Manipulation. Violence is used as a way to control others or get something they want.

Retaliation. Violence is used to retaliate against those who have hurt them or someone they care about.

Violence is a learned behavior. Like all learned behaviors, it can be changed. This isn't easy, though. Since there is no single cause of violence, there is no one simple solution. The best you can do is learn to recognize the warning signs of violence and to get help when you see them in your friends or yourself.

Factors that contribute to violent behavior include:

*   peer pressure

*   need for attention or respect

*   feelings of low self-worth

*   early childhood abuse or neglect

*   witnessing violence at home, in the community or in the media

*   easy access to weapons

Often people who act violently have trouble controlling their feelings. They may have been hurt by others. Some think that making people fear them through violence or threats of violence will solve their problems or earn them respect. This isn't true.

People who behave violently lose respect. They find themselves isolated or disliked, and they still feel angry and frustrated.

If you see these immediate warning signs, violence is a serious possibility:

*   loss of temper on a daily basis

*   frequent physical fighting

*   significant vandalism or property damage

*   increase in use of drugs or alcohol

*   increase in risk-taking behavior

*   detailed plans to commit acts of violence

*   announcing threats or plans for hurting others

*   enjoying hurting animals

*   carrying a weapon

If you notice the following signs over a period of time, the potential for violence exists:

*   a history of violent or aggressive behavior

*   serious drug or alcohol use

*   gang membership or strong desire to be in a gang

*   access to or fascination with weapons, especially guns

*   threatening others regularly

*   trouble controlling feelings like anger

*   withdrawal from friends and usual activities

*   feeling rejected or alone

*   having been a victim of bullying

*   poor school performance

*   history of discipline problems or frequent run-ins with


*   feeling constantly disrespected

*   failing to acknowledge the feelings or rights of others


When you recognize violence warning signs in someone else, there are things you can do. Hoping that someone else will deal with the situation is the easy way out.

Above all, be safe. Don't spend time alone with people who show warning signs. If possible without putting yourself in danger, remove the person from the situation that's setting them off.

Tell someone you trust and respect about your concerns and ask for help. This could be a family member, guidance counselor, teacher, school psychologist, coach, clergy, school resource officer or friend.

If you are worried about being a victim of violence, get someone in authority to protect you. Do not resort to violence or use a weapon to protect yourself. The key to really preventing violent behavior is asking an experienced professional for help. The most important thing to remember is don't go it alone.

It's normal to feel angry or frustrated when you've been let down or betrayed. But anger and frustration don't justify violent action. Anger is a strong emotion that can be difficult to keep in check, but the right response is always stay cool.



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