Violence

Violence is an extreme form of aggression, such as assault, rape or murder.

Violence has many causes, including frustration, exposure to violent media, violence in the home or neighborhood and a tendency to see other people's actions as hostile even when they're not. Certain situations also increase the risk of aggression, such as drinking, insults and other provocations and environmental factors like heat and overcrowding.     

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

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  • APA-ABA National Conference

    APA and the American Bar Association are joining together to co-sponsor a continuing education national conference addressing the broad range of issues related to the exposure of children, youth and families to violence.

  • Violence Prevention

    This area of Public Interest is responsible for disseminating research-based knowledge and information on violence and injury prevention.

  • Violence Directed Against K-12 Teachers Task Force

    This task force draws upon research that has documented associations between school engagement and time on task and aggression behaviors in the classrooms and operates under the assumption that classroom practices and school-wide policies that foster academic achievement will minimize the incidence of violence against teachers.

  • Women's Programs Office

    Improving the status, health and well-being of women psychologists and consumers of psychological services, and addressing issues such as gender disparities, domestic violence, disabilities and depression.

  • APA Initiatives to Prevent Gun Violence

    APA-wide initiatives to prevent gun violence have involved communications with The White House, executive agencies, Congress, other organizations, APA members, the news media and the general public in support of vital mental and behavioral health services, training and research.