Overcoming violence in our society

Every day we see on the news how people hurt other people. But what can we do to stop this violence?

Causes of violence in our society

Violence is a serious problem in our society. Many people are victims of violence and most of them have no idea how to defend themselves against it. The causes of violence are manifold. In many cases, violence is a means to exert power and control. People who are violent often do so because they have been victims of violence themselves or because they are under stress. In some cases, violence is also an expression of frustration or anger. Most people who become violent do not learn how to deal with conflict. Instead, they learn to see violence as a solution to their problems. This can lead them to become violent again and again, even when it is not necessary. There are many ways to avoid or stop violence. Many people who become violent need help to change their behaviour. There are various programmes and counselling services that can help them. The police and other authorities can also be supportive. If you yourself or someone else is in a violent situation, seek help immediately!

Effects of violence in our society

Violence in our society has far-reaching effects. It not only hurts the victims, but also shakes social trust. Every act of violence leaves a trail of devastation and pain. Violence destroys families and friendships. It creates fear and mistrust and prevents people from contacting and trusting each other. Violence in our society is an obstacle to social cohesion. Victims of violence often suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental disorders. Many victims withdraw and live isolated from the environment. The consequences of violence can last a lifetime. Violence in our society is a problem that affects every one of us. We all have to face the problem and work together to combat violence.

Approaches to combating violence

Although many people try to prevent or stop violent behaviour, unfortunately there are no easy solutions. The causes of violence are complex and multi-layered and therefore need to be addressed at many levels. First of all, it is important that we as a society are informed about the different forms of violence. Many people only think of physical violence, but there are also other types such as verbal or emotional abuse, sexual harassment and cyberbullying. The better we know about the different forms of violence, the better we can recognise and combat it. Another important step is that we support and help each other. If someone around you is a victim of violence, talk to him or her and offer help. Even if you are not directly affected yourself, you can help, for example by signing a petition or discussing the problem online. The more people talk openly about violence and educate, the sooner it can be combated. At the national level, there are also some approaches to tackle violence. For example, some countries have introduced stricter laws against domestic violence and offer more support to victims. Training police officers in de-escalative behaviour has also helped to reduce the number of fatal police shootings in some countries. So there are many ways to address violence at the national level – now it is up to us to implement them. No matter at which level we get involved: It is always important that we stand together against violence and work for a peaceful society.

Prevention of violence in our society

An essential part of preventing violence in our society is making people aware of the effects of violence. Many people are not aware that violence can often lead to injury and even death. If people understand how dangerous violence can be, they will be much more willing to do something about it. Find our article on family violence prevention here. Another essential aspect of preventing violence is reducing access to weapons. In many countries, it is relatively easy to obtain firearms. This makes it easier for perpetrators to injure or even kill their victims. If access to weapons is restricted, it is much more difficult for perpetrators to carry out their acts. Another important aspect of preventing violence is the promotion of positive social relationships. People who live in socially segregated or isolated environments are at increased risk. By promoting more positive social relationships, the risk of violence can be significantly reduced.


In conclusion, violence is a serious problem in our society. To combat this problem, we must first be clear about where it comes from. Violence does not come out of nowhere – it is always a result of conflict and misunderstanding. If we learn to address these conflicts and misunderstandings openly and honestly, we can often avoid or at least resolve them. If violence does occur, we should try not to respond with more violence. Instead, we should opt for non-violent solutions that respect all parties involved. Only in this way can we prevent a spiral of violence and make our society more peaceful.