What Is Violence?

Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power against oneself, another person or against a group or community. Whether threatened or actual, either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in harm (psychological and physical), injury, deprivation, or even death.

Violence accounts for over 1.5 million deaths per year, but the impact of violence is not limited to physical injury or death. Violence can have long-term effects on someone such as, depression, mental disorders, suicide attempts, chronic pain syndromes, unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other STIs. For youth that are victims of violence, they become at risk of alcohol and drug misuse, smoking, and high-risk sexual behavior.


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