7 Types of Violence – New Updated

7 Types of Violence

There are many types of violence. Violence can manifest in various forms, and it is often categorized into different types based on the nature of the harm inflicted. Here are seven broad types of violence:

Physical Violence:                                            

  • Definition: This involves the use of force that causes physical harm to a person or damage to property.
  • Examples: Hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, biting, or any other form of bodily harm.

Sexual Violence:

  • Definition: Sexual violence encompasses any non-consensual sexual act or behavior, including rape, sexual assault, and harassment.
  • Examples: Rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and coercion.

Psychological or Emotional Violence:

  • Definition: This type of violence targets a person’s emotions, self-worth, and mental well-being, causing psychological harm.
  • Examples: Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, manipulation, and emotional manipulation.

Domestic Violence:

  • Definition: Domestic violence occurs within the context of intimate relationships, involving a pattern of abusive behavior to maintain power and control.
  • Examples: Physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse within a domestic setting.

Social Violence:

  • Definition: Social violence refers to violence that occurs within a community or society, often driven by social, economic, or political factors.
  • Examples: Riots, hate crimes, terrorism, and gang violence.

Structural Violence:

  • Definition: Structural violence results from unjust social, economic, and political systems that harm individuals by preventing them from meeting their basic needs.
  • Examples: Poverty, discrimination, unequal access to resources, and systemic oppression.

Cultural Violence:

  • Definition: Cultural violence involves the use of cultural beliefs, symbols, or practices to justify or perpetuate violence.
  • Examples: Discrimination based on cultural identity, honor killings, and practices that perpetuate gender-based violence.


It’s important to note that these categories are not mutually exclusive, and different forms of violence can often overlap. Additionally, efforts to address and prevent violence often require a multifaceted and holistic approach that considers the underlying social, economic, and cultural factors contributing to violent behaviors.

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