Essay on Violence and Its Effect on the Community

1647 Words Apr 23rd, 2009 7 Pages
Violence and its Effect on the Community
Charlotte Anderson-Brown
Axia College of University of Phoenix

Violence and its Effect on the Community

Violence in the community has become a major issue. While due to law enforcement agencies, community education and crime watch violence can be circumvented; violence directly and indirectly affects how we live our lives. Let’s us first examine what violence is. Violence is a physical action, which takes place once a person becomes upset to a point of being furious, which then leads to another person becoming injured. The possible causes of violence could be sociological, biological or psychological. Violence in the form of bullying, gangs, the use of weapons, domestic and any
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live in fear of violence, witness violent acts, or actually become victims of violence suffer an array of consequences ranging from personal injury and debilitating anxiety that interrupt the learning process to a pattern of absence and truancy that can lead to dropping out of school and delinquency. (Juvenile Justice Bulletin, 1998) Crime is prevalent in the lower income neighborhoods, because they cannot find jobs, and at times, because of prejudices, they will not be hired for a job. This causes them to commits acts of violence, such as robbery, carjacking, committing murder and selling drugs to earn money and protecting their turf through violence. Federal, state, and local agencies share responsibility for enforcing the Nation's drug laws, although most arrests are made by state and local authorities. Statistics show that in 2007 the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) estimated that there were about 1,841,200 state and local arrests for drug abuse violations in the United States. According to the UCR, drug abuse violations are defined as state and/or local offenses relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. This includes opium or cocaine and their derivatives, marijuana, synthetic narcotics, and dangerous non-narcotic drugs such as barbiturates. More than four-fifths of drug law violation arrests are for possession. The estimated numbers of

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