Interesting Facts About Violence: Stop It!

Can we say that animals use violence while killing other animals to survive? Maybe.  Are people naturally violent? Maybe. It’s only possible to answer these questions if the idea of violence between the different and same species is clear.
WHO defines violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation,” although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of “the use of power” in its definition expands on the conventional understanding of the word.
Globally, violence resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1.28 million people in 2013 up from 1.13 million in 1990. Of the deaths in 2013, roughly 842,000 were attributed to 405,000 to interpersonal violence, self-harm (suicide), and 31,000 to collective violence (war) and legal intervention. In Africa, out of every 100,000 people, each year an estimated 60.9 die a violent death.
For each death due to violence, there are hundreds of emergency department visits, dozens of hospitalizations, and thousands of doctors’ appointments. Furthermore, violence often has lifelong consequences for mental and physical health and social functioning and can slow social and economic development.
Violence places a massive burden on national economies, costing countries billions of US dollars each year in health care, law enforcement and lost productivity. WHO works with partners to prevent violence through scientifically credible strategies.
Below are some interesting facts about violence:
1. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime .
2. Violence against women is a global problem and not limited to a specific group of women in society. However, the forms of violence might be shaped differently based on factors such as sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, class, age, nationality.
Significantly, Immigrant and Aboriginal women are further marginalized due to ongoing racism, which contributes to violence and is internalized by marginalized people impeding their social and personal power. Poverty, isolation from family and friends, language difficulties, and homelessness also contribute to the victimization of the most vulnerable women in society.
3. The reason why the world seems to have more violence than ever lately is that people have more tendency to develop awareness through different and dangerous things.
4. In 2013, assault by firearm was the leading cause of death due to interpersonal violence, with 180,000 such deaths estimated to have occurred. The same year, assault by sharp object resulted in roughly 114,000 deaths, with a remaining 110,000 deaths from personal violence being attributed to other causes.
5. The experimental psychology expert Steven Pinker says that the reason behind the decreasing number of tendency to violence is the increasing number of educated people. He argues that people are getting smarter and their talent of abstract thinking is improving everyday.
6. According to some researchers, our tendency to use violence comes from the fear of death and the need of boosting our self-confidence by using it as a defense mechanism.
7. According to researchers, the reason why males are involved in more risky and violent situations for a female is that it takes less time and effort for them to have and raise a baby.
8. It’s known that interpersonal violence goes back to the homo species in human evolution. According to some evidence, the oldest known murder dates back to 400,000 years ago.

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