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October is National Violence Prevention Month

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

October is National Violence Prevention Month, but October 2017 saw the most American violence in many years.

Not only did America suffer political attacks over the handling of several major hurricanes in Southern States and Puerto Rico, but violent criticisms between our President and the NFL, leading to not only player "sit-ins" and kneeling during the National Anthem, but also to raising Black Power fists in end zones occurred.

On October 2, 2017 the worst mass shooting in our history to date occurred.

Site of the worst mass shooting in US history through 2017.

Site of the worst mass shooting in US history through 2017.

A Month of Peace Ruined by Violence

Multimillionaire real estate developer Stephen Paddock, a Baby Boomer at age 64, hauled 20 rifles and thousands of rounds of bullets and loaded gun magazines into the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. He then massacred a concert audience across the street. By the end of October 2, 2017 at least 59 were dead and 529 listed as injured.

Paddock had no history of violence or criminal records and was not connected with ISIS, although that organization attempted to take credit for his actions. The only link to his spree seemed to be his father's psychopathology. The elder Paddock had been on the FBI's Most Wanted List for a chain of bank robberies and associated mayhem.


Violence Spreading in America

The United States supports dozens of anti-violence organizations and yet, the problem of violence remains in our streets and in our homes.

Periodically, violence wanes in some of our metro areas, only to increase afresh as new forms of violence emerge. During the 2010s, cyber-bullying became a hot topic. It can and has destroyed lives and "cyber" sometimes turns to face-to-face bullying. New forms of social media technology bring about new forms of bullying every month.

The topic of suicide among LGBTQ teens in America is explosive. If some targeted youth aren't killed by bullies, then the bullying causes them to take their own lives.

People are committing suicide on Facebook,. recording the events to upload automatically. A disturbing 2017 movie has been released about this tragedy: "Friend Request."

Both unintentional injuries and those caused by acts of violence are among the top 15 killers of Americans of all ages.

— Healthy People 2020

Astonishing Research About Violence and Age

In the year 1995, national agencies convened in order to establish a month to recognize the seriousness of violence in America and the need to remedy it at its roots.

At this time, my research group in preventive medicine at The Ohio State University investigated the nature of the Number One Problem in schools throughout our county from daycare to Grade 12. We came back with an astonishing answer: Violence.

The initiation of National Violence Prevention Month was right on time.

We found that a woman placed 4-month-old son into a reputable daycare facility close to home in order to be able to return to her much-needed full-time employment. In just a few weeks, she began to find red marks and welts on her son's body.

A 2-year-old boy at the daycare had been hopping up into the crib and biting the infant on the back in an early display of bullying. Meetings between parents and administration resulted in the removal of the older boy from the facility. However, we hear similar reports from other facilities all over our country.

We also found that Homicide was the first largest cause of American infant-to-age-5 death in the early 1990s (Healthy people 2000 data from US statistics).

National Agencies Meet to Raise Awareness

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) in 1995 included the following agencies:

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  1. Family Violence Prevention Fund
  2. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  3. National Domestic Violence Hotline
  4. National Network to End Domestic Violence

October became National Domestic Violence Month and some communities dropped the "Domestic" out of the title.

Violence exists against all demographics of people everywhere. However, domestic violence hidden at home may be a larger creature than we think. Most of us know a scared woman, child, or man that wants to run away from it, but is afraid of being stalked and killed for their very escape.

The targets are afraid for other reasons as well, from losing possessions to losing a roof over their heads to having to enter a workforce they feel will reject them. This is not a simple matter to solve.

Technology Can Adversely Affect Mental Health Toward Violence

"A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called Farmville on the Facebook social-networking website."

-- Story by David Hunt, 10/28/2010 in the Florida Times Union.

Farmville computer game at level 25.

Farmville computer game at level 25.

Long Term Anti-Violence Prevention

The summary is that we have a constant battle against letting violence take seed and grow. In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential Election, America became a nation of easily offended people in part and frightened people. Political rancor and venom escalated to heights invisible to the naked eye.

The escalation of violence must stop at the root: verbal abuse.

Many forms of abuse and violence begin with words and America became a nation of "I'll say whatever I want to wherever I want to." Unfortunately for those believers, some weer fired from their jobs for violently inappropriate language or placed into jail cells when verbal attacks escalated to weapons attacks with knives and automatic weapons.

While we cannot live our lives in a state of unhealthy hypervigilance, we can be aware of the signs of impending violence and how to diffuse it or how to get away and call for help. We need to teach every child about avoiding and preventing bullying, abuse, and violence.

Knowledge is the first step, deciding what to do about violence is the next, and National Violence Prevention Month hopefully helps.


Helpful Events and Organizations

  • Alliance Against Workplace Violence:
  • Gun Violence Awareness Month: June
  • National Gang Violence Prevention Week: Declared By President Donald Trump to be September 17 through September 23, 2017. Federal Register Document 2017-20378
  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month: February
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week: First week in April.
  • School Violence Prevention Week: Schools may choose their week.
  • Students Against Violence:


  • US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2000. September 1990. Healthy People 2020. September 2010.
  • Hunt, D. Jacksonville Mom Shakes Baby Interrupting Farmville (game) Pleads Guilty. Florida Times Union. October 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  • Inglish, P., The Incidence of Violence in Grades Daycare and Preschool through Grade 12 in Franklin County Schools. 1995.
  • The New York Times. Las Vegas Shooting Live Updates: Multiple Weapons Found in Gunman’s Hotel Room. Retrieved October 2, 2017.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 03, 2017:

Has October's National Violence Prevention Month been ruined by the Las Vegas Massacre of 2017? what can we do to stop the increasing violence in the USA?

Support Med. from Michigan on January 19, 2011:

This is a great hub telling us that silence contributes to abuse, and we as a nation have tolerated bullying and domestic abuse for too long. I hope as well that there will be more 'Domestic Violence Intervention Teams.' The information you shared about the toddler exhibiting bullying and violent tendencies shows that there are some 'silent' issues that can contribute to a person growing up to be a bully. Whether it is something genetic, a chemical dysfunction of a body system, or a learned behavior. Hopefully, with the new knowledge and the help of Awareness Month, more can be done to stop and prevent it. Excellent hub!! Voted and rated.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 04, 2010:

I just found that Piscataway, New Jersey instituted Domestic Vionece Intervention Teams from resident volunteers who are trained to act as first responders in these cases, to help whomever has been targeted immediately after it is discovered. We need these teams in all communities.

Thanks for reading and writing encouragement to everyone that needs help, AngRose, K9, and everyone.

India Arnold from Northern, California on November 04, 2010:

Patti, thank for another awesome hub and a worthy topic. Violence is one of those things that breeds its own kind and until the cycle is broken the perpetuation of the beast will continue. I have a deep involvement in this topic and am personally thanking you for bringing this hub to your readers.

"And on the sidelines of this new massacre and even on camera, some individuals proclaim that they are glad the kids are killing themselves. That is additional violence, because words do kill, despite rhymes and fairytales to the contrary."

You write a perfect group of words here that speak loudly that not only sticks and stones can kill.

This must be shared, tweeted, voted up and as always awesome.

~Always choose love~


AngRose on November 04, 2010:


Thank you so much for a wonderful hub, and for bringing awareness to people. This is a topic near to me as my sister was abused by her husband. The abused begins to think they "deserve" what they are receiving and do not leave. We had to "make" her leave, and then she still returned to him once more, but is now, thank God, away from him. Still the effects linger in panic attacks and the like.

The thing I find the most saddening is the lack of attention paid to this subject. It is as if people feel that women (or men) being abused should just be "smart" enough to get out, or shouldn't have gotten into this situation in the first place. Isn't it sad that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it was plastered all over the internet, the television, posters near our hospital, etc., yet the same month was National Domestic Violence month and I saw almost nothing about it? Don't get me wrong, breast cancer is a horrible disease and I'd love to see a cure for it, but that is something that nobody can "stop" from happening, Violence can be stopped if people are just willing to get involved.

Thank you again Patti.


prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 04, 2010:

Good evening, Patti. I always love your hub. I learn much something new when I come to your hub, including this one. Thank you very much.


innovativesourcin on November 04, 2010:

Very nice hub.Thanks a lot.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 03, 2010:

All of these comments are appreaciated and very relevant, so thanks to everyone for reading and writing a remark. Knowing what we do, we can make our oan corners of the world better and maybe others will see what we do and attempt to do the same.

Hello, hello - That is horrible and must be changed some way. I don't know how yet.

Zsuzsy Bee - I had nightmares about one incident for 20 years and it was not as severe an event as so many others I've heard. But the impact of violence and abuse is huge; more so than many people may know. Thanks for visiting and I hope you're well.

Cheri Taylor from New York, NY on November 03, 2010:

great hub this was wonderful.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 03, 2010:

Patty another great hub on a serious subject. I still have nightmares and as you say this is not a simple matter to solve. It's not easy to get out of an abusive situation.

regards Zsuzsy

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 03, 2010:

As always a fine article. We are all aware and we are all wishing to stop it but the mobe they got all the rights on their side and therefore do anything what they feel like. Unless the law is more on the public side and the mob gets what they deserve I can see any changes. At the moment they can come into your house beat you to a piece but the moment you take a piece of wood or knife and use it, you are in trouble and they are free. To make matters worse, a law was passed that if they plead guilty they get reduced or no sentence at all.

bsilipigno from Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866 on November 02, 2010:

Great hub, lots of good info.

schoolmarm from Florida on November 02, 2010:

Wow. Such shocking, sad stories. We do need to be aware of these things to make any improvements though. This is a good program you are helping.

bojanglesk8 on November 02, 2010:

Great hub, lots of good info.

Squirrelchaser from Leesburg, FL on November 02, 2010:

Yes, I have known a number of women in situations with a violent or abusive husband who were afraid to get out. Thank you for the info. Good article.

Seakay from Florida on November 02, 2010:

Wow, great informative write! Many over-stressed people out there. We must keep our heads "while all about are loosing theirs"!

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