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Unnati Machchhar
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If Mercy lived in my community, the risk factors would be similar to mentioned in the video, like exposure to violence as a child, depression increases the chances of perpetrations of violence, gendered norms like women and men have different roles. For e.g. men are the provider and women are caretakers and child bearers. Lack of education for both women and men which leads to warped understanding about the roles that they need to play. Poverty and lack of resources. Social norms that encourage perpetration of violence. Not bearing a male child is another reason for perpetrating violence by men and their families which threatens women’s identity in the society.
Protective factors for Mercy would be social protection and laws in place especially for women and practical implementation of it by authorities. Education for girls and boys both leads to an understanding about the societal norms and bring about a shift in the gendered roles. These girls and boys when they grow up are more likely to accept the equal household chores. Educated women may tend to earn more than uneducated women and be able to provide in the house plus know the ways of savings and investments of money. She will be more likely to have an asset like a vehicle.
Situations triggers for Mercy would be intoxication of both alcohol / drugs, she challenging authority of her partner and asking for money which her partner may not be able to provide. Refusal for sex too has dire consequences with women being raped by their husbands.