Reply To: Reflect and discuss: Why prevention in Mercy’s story


    Similarly to trying to help each person that becomes ill with diarrhea Mercy’s attempts at shielding her daughter from violence does not make a huge impact on the overall community as others continue to experience violence and does not mean that Angel is completely safe. Violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community in order to stop the pattern of generational violence which has been so imbedded in the community to an extent that it is seen as a norm. It is important in order to educate the community members and enable them to identify what constitutes as violence in order for them to be part of the process of preventing further violence from taking place. It becomes important to prevent violence before it even takes place in order to ensure that women are freed from the physical, psychological and economic violence they are put through by their intimate partners.