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Most people pay attention to the apparent violence that we see on the six oclock news Here atrocities such as death rape and war are brought to our awareness and displayed in front of us but the less visible violence is never shown A news brief about the father who is constantly yelling at his son will never take place This type of verbal violence is not visibly seen like physical abuse and that is why there is much controversy over its ambiguity Some argue that the term violence should only apply to physical abuse and not verbal and others argue that both acts have very similar characteristics For example they begin as a form of aggression and lead to the intent to inflict pain or injury The causes of the acts may be different but both display similar effects A second characteristic is that verbal and physical abuse cause damage or harm on a person or community in such a way as demands punishment We can see the similarities by looking at religion and history To avoid this mental or physical hurting we build hard shells around ourselves and create similar defense mechanisms Taking all of these likenesses in consideration one should accept verbal abuse as a form of violence The definition of the term violence is accepted as forcing a resolution of an issue against the will of another Campfire Philosophy This can be and should be split into the categories of physical and psychological abuse The physical is caused by a weapon or hand and forces great pressure on the skin resulting in bruising cutting and bleeding of the body Different examples of this include fist fighting rape murder and war Psychological violence is caused by chronic verbal aggression Calleja 5 such as slander and slur This appears in the form of propaganda or within verbal context However there is opposition to accepting verbal abuse as a form of violence and
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