By popular request, here are some highlights of what the OED says about violence as a noun:
This one was first recorded in 1290 and continues into the late 1800s.
b. In the phr. to do violence to, unto (or with indirect object): To inflict harm or injury upon; to outrage or violate. Also to make violence.
Make violence? Never heard that one. But it began appearing in 1300 and shows up here and there until 1860.
c. In weakened sense: Improper treatment or use of a word; wresting or perversion of meaning or application; unauthorized alteration of wording.
Example: 1749 FIELDING Tom Jones IV. vi, A passion which might without any great violence to the word, be called love.
3. Force or strength of physical action or natural agents; forcible, powerful, or violent action or motion (in early use freq. connoting destructive force or capacity).
Beginning with Chaucer in 1384 and continuing through 1895 with: Law Times Rep. LXXIII. 156/2 Two vessels..drifted through the violence of a storm on to the toe of a breakwater.
4. a. Great force, severity, or vehemence; intensity of some condition or influence.
5. Vehemence of personal feeling or action; great, excessive, or extreme ardour or fervour; also, violent or passionate conduct or language; passion, fury.
Example: 1604 SHAKES. Oth. II. i. 224 Marke me with what violence she first lou'd the Moore.
And now for violence, the verb:
1. trans. To do violence to; to violate.
Beginning in 1612 and continuing throughout the 17th century.
2. To compel or constrain; to force (a person) to or from a place, etc., or to do something, by violence.
Interesting example: 1648 SYMMONS Vind. Chas. I 296 They have done what they could to violence him from his Religion.
There's also "violencing," from the above definition, which is now obsolete, and here's an example: 1649 HAMMOND Chr. Oblig., etc. 68 A kind of constraining and violencing of the spirit.
"Violent" is also interesting, but I have to run so I'll post it later this afternoon.
I hope some of the above was interesting/helpful.