How likely is it for a person with a violent past to be violent in a relationship?
I'm 17 and this 18 year old guy I know has told me a lot that he loves me, and even though we're not together we're trying to work it out. He's told me about a violent history (not against women though) but he has been in gangs and used to have a really strong temper, but has had experiences that have changed him and his life and caused him to find God, and he's sweet and respects the women in his life. Although he said his temper is a lot better and it takes something really serious to make him angry, a few weeks ago we were texting and I said something that made him have a 'burst of rage' which I really wasn't expecting. But he calmed down about 20 mins later, said he loved me too much for all this bull to start coming out now and apologised, saying he shouldn't have reacted in that way. There have been a couple of times when he wanted to hurt people he had big issues with, but I helped to stop him from doing so. So, I was wondering, can formally violent people really change?