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American Sign Language: "violence"


There is no one specific widely accepted single sign for "violence."

I notice that my interpreters (in the Sacramento, California region) tend to fingerspell DV to mean "domestic violence."



If I were to pick one sign that I see used most often to represent the general concept of "violence" it would be the sign for "terrible." (This is the sign I use.)
 

TERRIBLE:



Below I will show you some other signs that are commonly used to mean "violence."
The top three are "abuse, assault, and fight."
 

ABUSE


ASSAULT


FIGHT:


CRUEL


MEAN!



General "destruction" can be expressed via the sign for: DESTROY

DESTROY



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