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Violence

Sheara A. Williams

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.409

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Violence is a serious social issue that affects millions of individuals, families, and communities every year. It transcends across racial, age, gender, and socioeconomic groups, and is considered a significant public health burden in the United States. The purpose of this entry is to provide an overview of violence as a broad yet complicated concept. Definitional issues are discussed. Additional prevalence rates of select types of violence are presented in addition to risk and protective factors associated with violent behavior. The entry concludes with a summary of approaches to address violence in the context of prevention and intervention strategies.

Keywords: crime; violence; risk factors; violence prevention

Article.  3651 words. 

Subjects: Couple and Family Social Work ; Criminal Justice ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment ; Mental and Behavioural Health ; Social Justice and Human Rights

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