Learn nonviolent ways to resolve conflicts.
Arguing is fine, even healthy, as long as it does not turn violent. For more
information on anger control, see the topic
Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior.
Keep yourself safe from violence.
Be alert to warning signs, such as threats or
drunkenness, so that you can avoid a dangerous situation. If you can't predict
when violence may occur, have an
exit plan for use in an emergency.
Prevent violence with guns
and other weapons. Do not provide your children or teenagers with unsupervised
access to guns or other dangerous weapons.
Do not keep loaded guns in your
If you must keep guns in your home, unload them and lock
them up. Lock ammunition in a separate place.
Do not keep guns
in a home where there is someone who has a drug or alcohol problem, is prone to
violent behavior, or has threatened suicide.
Make sure that no one
in your home will have access to guns or other weapons unless they know how
to use them safely.
If you are no longer living with a violent person,
contact the police to obtain a restraining order if your abuser continues to
pursue you and act violently toward you.
Teach your children that
violence is not a solution. Settle arguments without yelling or hitting. Do not
use physical discipline, such as spanking, pinching, ear pulling, jabbing,
shoving, choking, or strangling. If you need help controlling your children,
consider taking a course in parenting skills.
Limit your child's
exposure to TV, movies, and video games to no more than 1 to 2 hours per day.