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


    Mercy’s community thinks that violence is acceptable as it shows the sign of love. The consequences impacted on generation to generation because the community itself believes that it is normal to beat women, then the children imitate the violence behaviors. It become a widespread accepted behaviors which could result extremely unhealthy community impacting the whole society on delaying the development. If the community continued letting people committing violence, people from the community will gradually die as diarrhea example. Therefore, the agency or the person need to initiate to prevent people dying from violence as what Mercy did to prevent diarrhea. A step by step approaches will require to initiate the prevention strategies.

    Starting with the community information and sensitization activities about violence will be the first step for her community. Gradually, other prevention activities could be introduced as long term behaviors changed activities such as offering the couple awareness on healthy relationship, working with parents and adolescents on early marriage consequences, working with men to be a role model of non-violence men, providing small business skills training economic opportunities for women to decrease the dependency on husband and have equal decision making at home etc.