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One tool in handling violence is inner work.
Peace in the outer world is unlikely without inner peace.
Natural family living will tend to create a natural inner peace, a connection to virtue and a strong inner light.
Violence & Virtue
By cultivating virtue (e.g. goodness, compassion, wisdom, simplicity, dignity, gratitude) we link ourselves with noble energies and the angels, which can help protect us from harm.
"Today, if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other - that man, that woman, that child is my brother or my sister. If everyone could see the image of God in his neighbour, do you think we would still need tanks and generals?" - Mother Teresa
Violence & Meditation
As various spiritual teachers have said, peace in the outer world cannot come unless we are able to achieve an inner equanimity. The image I have is of a weighted wooden Buddha statue with a curved base that rights itself whenever it is knocked. There must be inner peace as well as outer peace.
People that keep calm and centred in a crisis enhance any chance of survival. By practising meditation and quietening the mind, we create peace in our environment, which can help calm situations.
Group meditation has been shown to reduce crime rates. For example, in Washington DC in 1993, meditators reduced the crime rate by a massive 23% over two months. Researchers had predicted a 20% drop, something which the local police chief said would only happen with 20 inches [51 cm] of snow. See here, here, here.
Violence & Light
By practising light exercises, such as sun gazing, we strengthen our energy field with light. This can help ward off harmful people and situations.
I like to use these inner strategies in conjunction with the back-up plans of something like Target Focus Training, as well as common sense. It can take quite a while before skills like inner peace and inner light are strong enough to repel danger.