The Stressors of Violence


Many discussions are had over the stressors of violence. In some cases, they are completely ignored for purposes of passing blame, while at other times they could simply be used as an excuse. No matter what, the stressors of violence are real!

It is important that we understand violent stressors in order to effectively protect ourselves from harm. In many cases, physical violence or the pending threat of physical violence can be prevented, or at least reduced by understanding the stressor, as many stressors can be managed through effective emotional and verbal communication. Most importantly by being aware and proactive towards safety and or resolution.

Some of the most common stressors of violent acts include...

• Pain (This can be emotional and or physical)

• Lack of sleep or confusion

• Unmet needs (such as a thirst or hunger)

• Lack of control (such as long wait times)

• Loss of routine

In no way does it take responsibility away from those committing violent acts as in most cases we do have the ability to self-regulate. However, by understanding stressors, we are in a better position to help ourselves in that time of crisis. If we like it or not, these stressors are real and so is violence.

Many look to pass blame and judgment after an assault, and this is very understandable based upon the act. However, this does not help the person at that time of personal crisis. Sure it can help after the fact, but let's face it, being proactive towards preventing violence is always better than dealing with the aftermath of it.

Violence Prevention Training in Self-Protection focuses on providing the knowledge and skills to better identify, avoid and manage violence. Although there are those that believe in refusing to learn self-protection, as the focus should not be on us to protect ourselves but those that are committing the acts of violence, there is a real component that is not being faced versus that of wishful thinking. I think we all agree that if people simply stopped being violent then the problem is solved, but then again, this is not facing reality!

Let us take a look at this very real example. Imagine what a Healthcare professional may face while treating an injured patient as a result of an accident... Now, when you look at the partial list of stressors as listed above, and yes there are more!, how many of those do you think would come into play if that patient suddenly lashed out in a physical assault?

So how does passing blame at the patient help the healthcare worker at the time of the assault? - it doesn't! Providing that healthcare professional, teacher or simply ourselves with effective training in managing real violence is not only proactive towards violence but it simply makes sense!

We all have our perspectives on violence and the many initiatives in place can all play a part. I simply urge people to face the reality of violence and to become empowered via responsibility.

Norton Arts, based in PEI, provides practical training from individuals to community groups and schools to workplace environments. Contact us for more information on how we can help you to better identify, avoid and manage conflict. www.nortonarts.org.

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