Rarely is extreme violence a solitary event. Extreme violence is generally the last burst in a line of dangerous and foreseeable behavior. In the early stages, troubling behaviors are correctable and minimize volatile situations if caught early. Over time, the untreated offender may become more frustrated, aggressive, and committed to deliver violence.
Most people who commit violence tell others what they plan to do, rarely do they just snap without warning. Those who used extreme violence in the past generally exhibit various behaviors and personality traits. Identifying at-risk characteristics can bring attention to a troubled individual or may identify possible planned violent events. Although few individuals will commit violence, they require monitoring when they exhibit several behaviors and traits.
Stopping the process before an event and education are the keys to preventing violence. University's that have a healthy campus and progressive safety protocol that addresses minor violations will lower the risk of violent events. A healthy campus may provide an increase in peaceful solutions. The planning of a violent episode may begin before the early signs are recognized. Recognizing these signs provides the campus an opportunity to intervene.
Various strategies to prevent a crisis include:
Defusing actions should be taken when confronted by a potentially dangerous individual or situation. Individuals should avoid using hostile, threatening, or apathetic communications with an aggressive person. Rejecting demands from the start, showing disrespect, trivializing the situation or invading the individual's personal space can set the individual off. Use neutral body language and avoid staring at the individual. Unless requested, remain seated and do not attempt to touch the individual or rush them. Never agree or argue with the individual's distorted statements. The following is an acronym that will guide people in defusing a situation.
People will feel anxiety and stress after a violent event. Do not expect or pretend the situation will be normal. The campus many implement some of the following strategies
As a member of the campus community, it is important to know that your safety and the campus community's safety is of highest importance to the administration. Campus representatives have been designated and trained to deal with a variety of threatening situations. They are available to assess the situation and specify appropriate safety measures.
If a threatening behavior or situation occurs, it is crucial that you take these threats seriously and contact the appropriate person immediately. For any type of preventative or non-emergency assistance, the current campus contacts are listed below. In the event of an imminent threat, contact 911 immediately.
For any type of preventive of non-emergency assistance, the contacts are listed below: