What is Violence?

Violence is what makes you uncomfortable to walk outside at night, go to school in the morning or hang out at the mall with your friends.

It can hurt anyone, at any age, no matter where they live, what their race is, where they went to school or how much money they have.

Types of Violence

  1. Situational violence: Most common type of violence.  It arises or is made worse by different situations; like school-yard confrontations or large groups gathering at the mall.
  2. Relationship violence: Occurs within intimate relationships (friends, family and partnerships).
  3. Predatory violence: Intentional violence for the purpose of gain or as a pattern of antisocial behaviour.
  4. Psychopathological violence: Extreme and may result from early childhood trauma.

What the dictionary says

Technically, violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.

If you think your friend is in trouble

Are you afraid that one of your friends might be getting involved in a gang or violent behaviour? There are warning signs that allow you to help them before it's too late. What are the warning signs of violent behaviour?

If you think you are at risk

There are things that you can do to help keep yourself safe from violence.
Stay safe from violence.

Violence prevention in your school 

Get involved and make your school a safer place for you and your friends. 


  • Organize an art show to raise awareness about youth violence. Get school teachers and students to supply art work. Invite parents and members of the community to a special viewing.
  • Start a peer mentoring program. Maybe you want to be an older brother or sister to someone younger or want to help someone who’s being bullied or thinking of dropping out. Ask your guidance councillor or social worker about starting a program at your school.
  • Start an awareness campaign about youth violence and spread the message throughout your school, community and on Facebook.
  • Organize a talent show or basketball free-throw competition to raise money for a cause that promotes safety in your school and community. It’s a fun way to fundraise and a great way to see some awesome skills.
  • Speak with the social worker or child youth worker in your school and let them know that you want to start a program. They can work with you to develop a program for your school. Ask your guidance councillor to help you make an appointment to speak with them. A number of agencies across the community have great program curriculums waiting for you to make your own.
  • www.peelregion.ca/health/shp/child-to-child/index.htm
    • Peel Public Health’s Child-to-Child (CTC) program guides and supports children and youth to make a difference in the community.

What are other people doing to prevent violence?

There are a lot of people in your community who are working very hard to keep you and your friends safe. Check out these examples of what other people are doing to prevent violence in Peel.

Violence by numbers

The facts of violence are a cause for concern. Check out some stats from your community and across North America.