Violence

What it is

Physical, emotional, verbal, cultural, and sexual are all types of violence.  Bullying and the intent to harm are violent behaviors.  Violence can come from anyone whether they are an adult or teen as well as familiar and unfamiliar people.

Risks

Risk factors and warning signs for teens that may become violent include:

  • Victim of bullying
  • Exposure to violence or abuse
  • Lack of interest in school/poor grades
  • Feeling disrespectful, ignored, or alone

Warning signs for teens that may be affected by violence:

  • Anxiety
  • Loss of sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Recurrent thinking/flashbacks

It is important to note that not all teens that have risk factors become violent.  Teens that are exposed to violence can react with violence.

Effects

  • The effects of violence can have long lasting that can follow into adulthood.
  • Experiencing violence can cause teens to have problems establishing trust in others as well as developing healthy relationships with others.

Help

If you experience violence whether you are the victim or you see it, please seek help!

Positive family connections, community connections, commitment to school, self-discipline, good coping skills, involvement with positive teen activities help prevent violence.

Other people you can seek help from would be a school nurse, teacher, counselor, trusted adult, parents

What do I say?

“I don’t know what to do…”
“Can we talk?”
“I am struggling with…”

Speak up for yourself, find someone to talk to, know what your needs are, and know how to communicate.

on May 2 • by