November 10, 2017 4:20 pm Published by

What are the causes of domestic violence and what can help prevent domestic violence? The best way to understand domestic violence is to think of it as an Acting Out: this means that it is a substitute for remembering and thinking through. Instead of remembering something very painful, the person goes into action; instead of thinking through to a resolution, the person destroys the object or symbols of the object. Violence is the end state or result of this all too common process.

The main point to illustrate is that very few people with mental illness are violent. Many of the mentally ill are non-violent. Many people who perpetrate domestic violence are NOT mentally ill. A minority of violent offenders are mentally ill. This is what we as a society can to try and prevent mass violence: We need to outlaw general public access to assault rifles, military weapons, and any rapid-fire weapons. This is not too much to ask!

From: The American Psychological Association.:
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.

What You Can Do

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Women with disabilities may experience unique forms of abuse that are difficult to recognize — making it even harder to get the kind of help they need.

Las mujeres con discapacidad pueden experimentar formas únicas de abuso que son difíciles de reconocer.

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This brochure briefly describes violence in the home and provides advice for victims, abusers, and family and friends.

In a world where violence and cruelty seem to be common and almost acceptable, many parents wonder what they can do to help their children to become kinder and gentler — to develop a sense of caring and compassion for others.

Information to help K-12 teachers to cope with and prevent the occurrence and threat of violent incidents in their classrooms.

Getting Help

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This brief question-and-answer guide provides some basic information to help individuals take advantage of outpatient (non-hospital) psychotherapy.

You may be struggling to understand how a shooting rampage could take place in a community, even a workplace or military base, and why such a terrible thing would happen.

Nearly half of all women in the United States have experienced at least one form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner.

Mujeres con discapacidades tienen 40 por ciento mayor riesgo de sufrir violencia por parte de la pareja, principalmente violencia severa, en comparación con mujeres sin discapacidades. Felix Salomon, Ph.D., Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist – Psychoanalyst Director and Primary Supervisor, PIP-MHC; Certified Child and Family Forensic Issues, Wm. James College, Newton, MA Training and Supervising Analyst, ICPLA Arizona Board Psychologist Examiners License # 0597 California Board of Psychology License # 24181 National Register Health Service Providers in Psychology Certification # 20064