Warning Signs of Violence

Violence Prevention and Warning Signs of Potential Violence

According to the American Psychological Association, if you see a number of these warning signs, violence is a serious possibility:

  • Repeated loss of temper
  • Frequent physical fighting
  • Vandalism or property damage
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Increased demonstration of risk-taking behavior
  • Announcing plans or threats to commit acts of violence or hurt others
  • Enjoyment of hurting animals
  • Carrying, access to or fascination with weapons, especially guns
  • Withdrawal from friends and usual activities
  • Feelings of rejection and marginalization
  • Being a victim of bullying
  • Poor school performance
  • History of discipline problems or frequent run-ins with authority
  • Failing to acknowledge the feelings or rights of others

What to do?

If you have a concern that someone you know shows a number of these signs, but don’t know what to do?

If you are not sure whether the person may present a danger to themselves or to the community, go to your supervisor, department chair, professor, or the campus police and share your concerns. The key is to act upon your instincts!

University Police: 293-COPS