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Reducing violence and preventing recidivism

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

People who react with anger and violence have often experienced trauma at an earlier point in their lives. Their inability to control their emotions could have serious repercussions.

An effort to understand violence may help those suffering from behavioral disorders to get the help they need. Similarly, it might help others to show more compassion and support to people they know who lack control.

Childhood trauma

The impressionable nature of children creates fragility during the developmental years. Trauma can leave long-lasting impressions on young minds that can translate into anger and violence in adulthood. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adverse childhood experiences include the following:

  • Neglect
  • Suicidal death of a family member or friend
  • Household challenges
  • Experiencing or witnessing violence
  • Economic suffering

Perpetrators of violence will likely re-offend if they do not receive targeted help. Resources designed to uncover triggers and promote healing at a foundational level might help violent persons to relearn critical coping skills.

Lack of support

Another common cause of violence is a lack of support. Economic distress, familial strain, social anxiety and other reasons for a failing support system may cause people to act out in an extreme manner. The American Psychological Association reports that mental illness could also trigger violent behavior.

If someone charged with a violent crime ends up incarcerated, family members can show support when they create and maintain a support system. The presence of emotional and psychological support coupled with help from professionals may ignite a permanent change.

Contrary to what many might think, people can overcome violent behaviors and learn healthier, more productive ways of managing their emotions. Despite assault or involvement in other violent crimes, people can heal and improve their lives with the right strategies.