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:
- self-referring or getting a referral to the local Child and Youth Mental Health team
- contacting your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), if you have this option
- contacting a private psychologist or counsellor:
For additional information about options for support and treatment in BC, visit the Finding Help section of our site.