Violence prevention has become part of our daily lives. Everyone is exposed to violence at increasing rates.
Violence is everywhere. It is in our morning newspapers, on the Internet, television, games, and movies. At times, it seems there’s no escape from it.
Our exposure to violence affects our mental health — especially for children. A vast number of children are experiencing violence in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month for many people throughout the world. However, with respect to violence prevention, ideally, everyone should remain vigilant in preventing violence and intervening when we witness violent behavior.
Here are some violence prevention basic steps and information.
Violence Prevention — Security and Safety
Security and safety should be your first priority in preventing violence.
For example, if you think your child is at risk of being hurt by themselves or by someone else — intervene immediately — get some help. Call a crisis hotline, local police, or emergency medical services.
Call your pediatrician or family doctor and voice your concerns to them, as well. Like any requirement for success, be persistent in trying to obtain help from a doctor. It may require that you call a physician every day until you can receive an appointment.
Make contact with your child’s school counselor and teachers. Sometimes, a teacher can tell when a child is struggling. They also spend a lot of time with your child and know your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Continue reaching out for help until you find an organization, person, doctor, psychologist, therapist, and/or counselor to help you in obtaining a safe environment, assistance, therapy, and treatment.
Use Social Networks and Support Systems
Bad things happen to us despite our good intentions and efforts. Someone close to us will die — someone we love and care deeply about will become a victim of violence. Additionally, most people experience financial hardships, divorces, and illnesses.
As hard as we try, we will be unable to prevent many hardships from happening to us. The real issue is not being able to prohibit bad things happening to us — many of these issues are out of our control.
What is important is how we handle these events; how we cope when they do occur.
Maintaining a positive mental attitude, while coping with the unforeseen negative events in our lives, is essential to our health and well-being. To get through these tough times it is important that we be flexible, have a high frustration tolerance, and try to maintain a sense of humor.
Additionally, one of your best defenses against violence is asking questions. We cannot know everything. Reach out — ask questions and seek answers from your family, friends, community, organizations, and social networks.
Be Hopeful, Patient, and Persistent
Above all, be hopeful — despite the many challenges you encounter regarding violence and mental health. We have come a long way in recognizing, understanding, preventing, intervening, and identifying violence and mental health issues.
The quicker and earlier we intervene, the more likely we will be successful in making things better for ourselves and the ones we love and cherish.
If you, or someone you know needs help you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to get assistance. People are standing by and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
International support can also be obtained at the International Directory of Domestic Violence.
There should never be anyone who is a victim of abuse! Support is available for those in need.