Adults should study and understand the subject of empathy.
Understanding and even profiling where the other person is coming from will help you better gage their possible behavior. Studying behavior is a valuable source of information when deciding how to respond when confronted by someone whose intentions may not be clear.
Many situations may start with a verbal confrontation which if responded to properly may diffuse the situation before they becomes physical.
Body language is another area where empathy, understanding where the other person is coming from, can help you identify possible situations to avoid thus helping you protect yourself your family or even others around you if things escalate.
Empathy is often overlooked, don’t let it be something you overlook or don’t understand.