Violence is a quality of an action in which

  • harm is clearly done to another and
  • the actor knew or had reason to know that the choice
    • would be harmful and
    • contrary to the law or other socially permitted behavior.

We all from time to time make choices which take on the quality of abuse, that is, which use the power we have over another to meet our needs at their expense.  When that abuse is so severe that it is clearly harmful to another, we had reason know it would do harm, and was in violation of the law or other social norms, then we have committed a violation of appropriate behavior...we have committed violence.

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