What is violent behaviour?

Violence is when someone uses force, or threatens to use force, to cause harm to a person, group, or community. It can be physical harm like hitting, slapping, pushing, or kicking someone. Or it can be psychological harm like bullying or teasing someone. Some forms of violence lead to minor injuries, like small cuts, bruises, or feelings that get hurt. More serious kinds of violence can lead to very serious injuries, and even death. Examples of serious viloence include assaulting someone or using a weapon.

How do I know if it is violent behaviour?

Some factors put a child or youth at risk of acting vilently. They include:

  • violent in the past
  • use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco
  • friends who act violently
  • violence or conflict at home
  • not doing well in school
  • a very poor community

Some factors help prevent a child or youth from being violent. They include:

  • good grades at school
  • strong and supportive friends
  • feeling they can talk to parents, trusted adults, or friends about their problems
  • a caring adult in or outside of the family that they can rely on
  • feeling connected to their family and school

Where to from here? 

Talk to your doctor and look for help from a mental health professional by:

For additional information about options for support and treatment in BC, visit the Finding Help section of our site.

Below you will find some key resources. A full list of resources are on the right hand side bar. 

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.