Read the newspaper or watch television news shows to determine a profile of the types of violent crimes committed in your area or state. Assess the reasons given for the crime, the age and sex of persons involved, and family involvement, if indicated. Compare your findings with your text. Identify two nursing interventions that could be implemented in your community at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.
Where does one draw the line on violence and abuse?
The media is filled with stories of school shootings, homicides, overdoses, child abuse and neglect. Some people feel that there is an over emphasis and situations are taken out of context. Other people feel that there should be a zero tolerance for any physical contact. Examine your feelings on the topic.
Abusers have blamed work stress, religion, cultural beliefs, and society pressure. Are these acceptable? Many people may understand having a stressful job or not making enough money to meet the financial needs of a family. However, is the inability to provide adequate food for a family neglect? Is not being able to fix needed repairs on the home considered neglect? Is spanking a child for bad behavior considered child abuse?
Most people will agree that homicide, rape or assault are obvious forms of abuse. Again, society is faced with sorting through the particulars of each case to determine the extent of the abuse. Is accidental death or protecting one’s self or family homicide? What if a situation starts with consent and someone changes their mind? Does the severity of the injury constitute assault?
The first step in working with solutions is to examine your beliefs on violence. Any person wanting to help with the problem must be able to define violence and come to terms with the societal viewpoint and legal input. Primary prevention means working with people to help them understand basic skills such as parenting. Secondary prevention involves working with clients to increase coping mechanisms for frustration and anger. Tertiary prevention involves helping families to cope with abuse through the use of shelters and supportive organizations.