Interpersonal Violence



Thelevel of understanding of the entire concept of interpersonalviolence is low among many people, and this makes it hard to identifysuch actions when they occur. Interpersonal violence may compriseviolence in a relationship, sexual assault and stalking. The guidingprinciple in identifying this form of violence is the excessive useof power and control. Understanding the various forms ofinterpersonal violence and their causes is a paramount factor in theprevention program.

Anefficacy issue is the one that is based on the ability to achieve andthe efficiency of the program. In the case of interpersonal violence,counselors should take into consideration the various causes of theviolence (Jackson 2014). They are supposed the conduct environmentalscanning to test the relationship between the violence and theecological factors. The level of awareness by the communitiesinvolved should also be tested to offer a proper guideline on whatprogram to adopt. Community involvement in the prevention ofinterpersonal violence is paramount in the fight against theproblems. The usage and abuse of drugs should also be analyzed. Aftera thorough analysis of all the efficacy issues, counselors shouldincorporate the community-based programs to fight the violence(Gilliland 2013).

Intimateviolence happens when a partner in a relationship abuses the otherthrough such was as forced sex, intimidation or even physicalassault. The principle’s starting point in the analysis of theeffective plan to be adopted starts with the identification of theproblem (Jackson 2014). Additionally, the victims’ background andcircumstance that led to the violence are analyzed. An intimateviolence plan may take two dimensions from the perspective of agoing on relationship and from the perspective of an endedrelationship. Where the involved parties are in a relationship, thefollowing things should be noted:

  • In the event of an argument, one should avoid closed rooms and also rooms with weapons.

  • One is supposed to have a list of trusted people to contact.

  • Have important numbers in their memory.

  • One should always be prepared with soft words to address a violent partner.

Inthe event that it is an ended relationship, the following are propersteps to take:

  • It is advisable for one to avoid staying alone

  • If necessary, screen calls

  • Carry important documents after you have left the relationship

  • Notify the necessary authorities

  • Always notify school and work contacts

  • Change the contacts if possible


Healthy,respectful and non-violent relationships should be promoted. All thestakeholders including the community should be involved in theprevention and control of all form of interpersonal violence.Community-based programs should be emphasized so as to promote thecontrol programs at all levels (Gilliland 2013). There should becampaigns targeting the communities involved and also the governmentshould collaborate with the activists in fighting this form ofviolence. Youth support and educational programs should be developedto address the problem of violence such as bullying and sexualharassment.


Gilliland,B. E., &amp James, R. K. (2013). Crisisintervention strategies.

Jackson-Cherry,L. R., &amp Erford, B. (2014). Crisis Assessment, Intervention, andPrevention. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.