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Combatting violence with an anger management program

| Nov 11, 2020 | Violent Crimes |

Violence is more complicated than people realize. Many times, perpetrators of violent crime in California suffer an underlying mental illness which fuels their behavior.

It is never too late for a person charged with a violent crime to develop new, healthier habits. The implementation of an anger management program, in particular, can provide invaluable education and support for people seeking to change.

The science behind violence

People who behave violently often lack the skills to deal with triggers any differently. Many of them experienced violence at a young age. Continual violence may influence the development of their own coping patterns.

According to Psychology Today, many abusers feel powerless and their violent tendencies are a way for them to feel powerful and in control. Often, their own insecurities and hypersensitivities create difficulty trusting other people. When they do react with violence, they often blame their actions on those around them.

Benefits of anger management

An anger management program can aid in providing perpetrators of violent crime with the tools needed to relearn how to react under pressure. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests participation in a group setting. This method can help participants draw upon the experiences of each other to identify healthier ways of managing emotions.

People can learn self-control and how their behaviors affect the people around them. They can recognize threats of violence and learn how to prevent violence from happening. Learning about triggers and discussing real-life experiences and concerns in a controlled setting can encourage confidence and comfort. With reassurance that everyone will maintain confidentiality, people may feel more willing to share their experiences and provide support to each other.