Interpersonal aggression is typically defined as a behavior that is directed toward another individual with the intent to cause harm. The perpetrator acknowledges the act may inflict harm on the victim, and the victim is motivated to avoid the incident. Harm in this definition can encapsulate various types of harm, including emotional, psychological, or physical harm. This definition is sufficiently broad in scope as to include indirect aggressive behavior, such as relational and verbal aggression, as well as more physically aggressive acts, such as violent threats or assault. Also imbedded in the definition is the requirement that the behavior be carried out with the intent to cause harm regardless of the actual outcome.

Violence is considered to be a more severe form of aggression in which ...

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