Factors that Contribute to Violent Behavior

- Peer Pressure
- Need for Attention or Respect
- Feeling of Low Self-Worth
- Early Childhood Abuse or Neglect
- Witnessing Vilence at Home, in the Community, or in the Media
- Easy Access to Weapons


Immediate Warning Signs of Serious Violence

- Loss of Temper on a Daily Basis
- Frequent Physical Fighting
- Significant Vandalism or Property Damage
- Increase in Use of Drugs or Alcohol
- Increase in Risk-Taking Behavior
- Detailed Plans to Commit Acts of Violence
- Announcing Threats or Plans for Hurting Others
- Enjoying Hurting Animals
- Carrying a Weapon


Signs Over a Period of Time Indicating the Potential for Violence

- A History of Violent or Aggressive Behavior
- Serious Drug or Alcohol Use
- Gang Membership or Strong Desire to be in a Gang
- Access to or Fascination with Weapons, Especially Guns
- Threatening Others Regularly
- Trouble Controlling Feelings like Anger
- Withdrawal from Friends and Usual Activities
- Feeling Rejected or Alone
- Having Been a Victim of Bullying
- Poor School Performance
- History of Discipline Problems or Frequent Run-ins with Authority
- Feeling Constantly Disrespected
- Failing to Acknowledge the Feeling or Rights of Others


Warning Signs of Potential Self-Violence

- Previous Suicide Attempts
- Significant Alcohol or Drug Use
- Threatening or Communicating Thoughts of Suicide, Death,
  Dying, or the Afterlife
- Sudden Increase in Moodiness, Withdrawal, or Isolation
- Major Change in Eating or Sleeping Habits
- Feelings of Hopelessness, Guilt, or Worthlessness
- Poor Control over Behavior
- Impulsive, Aggressive Behavior
- Drop in Quality of School Performance or Interest
- Lack of Interest in Usual Activities
- Getting into Trouble with Authority Figures
- Perfectionism
- Giving Away Important Possessions
- Hinting at Not Being Around in the Future or Saying Good-Bye


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