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    Violence is a form of aggression which can be physical, verbal or psychological. Violent actions are intentional and include both threats and actual acts. Nevertheless, no matter what type of violence is conducted, the end result is always that it causes harm.

    Violence doesn’t just affect one individual. Violence can take many different forms and affect both small and large groups of individuals. For example, community violence, domestic/family violence and street violence are all different types of violence and they are all areas which are usually dealt with under the social work umbrella.  

    Another aspect of violence is that it can also be self-directed, meaning that individuals can harm themselves. For example, this could be through abusing alcohol or drugs, having an eating disorder or through suicidal actions. Individuals who are inflicting violence upon themselves must be recognized early in order to receive the care they need to change these behaviours and have better mental health. Without help this type of behaviour can lead to fatal consequences.

    Violence is an issue which can harm anybody, no matter what age, race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. However, another aspect of violence is that it is preventable. Social work advocates and organizations work towards eliminating violence and assisting individuals who are victims of violent acts. Hopefully, the continued efforts of social workers will lead to a safer world. 

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    Community Violence

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    Community violence is a type of interpersonal violence which involves the actions of a person or group of people who are not directly related to the victim(s).

    Domestic/Family Violence

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    Domestic/Family violence is a type of violence which occurs within the home unit and can be inflicted upon either one or all members of a family.

    Street Violence

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    Street violence is carried out in public places and is often related to gang violence.

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