At the beginning of this course, we were asked what our definition of violence is and what acts fall under being violent. Before then, I never really gave much thought into what I considered to be violent and what not to be. My definition of violence at the start of this course was when someone had the intent to use physical force, to threaten himself or herself, another person, or a group of people, which would result in the likelihood of an injury. As you can see, my definition mainly focused on physical violence and did not acknowledge the other types of violence out there such as sexual, emotional, psychological, verbal, and cultural. As the class began to try and define violence together, we noticed that is was more challenging than we should have thought, and it got me thinking about why it was so hard to define one simple term. Violence demonstrates that it can not only take on many forms and possess many different characteristics but also that there are much debate and controversy circling the question what violence is and how it should be defined. After going through the course, my understanding of violence has not gotten any clear, and I have come to terms that my definition of violence will be different than the person next to me. I believe now that violence is socially constructed because of who and what is considered of violent differs from person to person according to one’s social and cultural elements. While some legal scholars may look at violence with a narrow definition of these acts, the occurrence of violence is much more complex in reality.
Violence is often unwelcome, but not necessarily evil. For me, it is not the act of violence itself that I find to be evil, but rather the person’s intent behind the act. I believe it would be naive to think violence is never the answer and that we can stop violence altogether, and personally think that violence is indeed necessary and warranted in some situations. Although most of us who have a rational thought process, likes to resort to violence to solve a conflict, but I believe there are situations in which one may be forced to overcome their peaceful demeanors that they normally have and find themselves using violence. Whether it is ourselves or someone we love, sometimes violence ends up being the route one takes because it can be unavoidable. For example, if someone is protecting himself or herself from either a threat or a person, then the violence is unavoidable. I find it unfair to think that, if someone reacts back in a violent manner, to a threat that was imposed on him or her, violence is not necessary. I believe that it is important to teach children of any gender self-defense for these types of situations if they should occur. I believe when your life or the life of a loved one is in danger then you must do what is needed to protect yourself or others. However, this must be a last resort after other non-violent attempts are made to rectify the situation that has been presented.