The Northern Indymedia Definition of violence

Violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person, group or community, which has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, or psychological harm.


This, for me, does not distinguish between defensive or aggressive violence or the many different motivations. It would be helpful to have practical examples of what is excluded just to understand the boundaries that other people have.

I am curious to know why this definition is not in the guidelines, and what its origins were. Was this decided upon in a meeting?


The definition is linked from the editorial guidelines, rather than being in the same page, because people thought it too wordy to include in the stream of the text. I seem to recall that our preferred option was to put it as a footnote, but that we couldn’t work out how to do footnotes in hyperactive.

The origin is that it was adapted from the World Health Organisation definition of violence, which we chose to adopt in several meetings (about 2.5 years ago?) and more recently, we decided to stick with the definition but change the link from WHO to this page.