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

Iliana Mejia

    Most acts of violence are formed due to historical context and generational trauma. For example, in mercy‘s story, her mother was being beaten and belittled by her father, so when her husband began treating her the same way, she did not see the issues with the violent treatment. When something even as horrible as violence is woven in to your history, it becomes normalized and the cycle continues. Preventative measures to violence are important because it creates the normalization of the fair treatment of women instead of the normalization of violence. It is the beginning to breaking the cycle of violence in communities because it is empowering women to see that they do not have to live with in the circumstances, and it shows men that they do not have to perpetuate the violence onto the women in their lives just because it is what they are used to seeing and doing.

    One way of developing violence preventative measures is creating accessible educational modules for both women and men about what constitutes violence. A first step to making any change is giving people the information to understand their circumstances so that they can be empowered to work towards the change that they want. Having a module, whether that be online, or through pamphlets that can be distributed to those who may have little to no Internet access is a good way to start providing that information, and making sure that there is information for both genders creates the space for families and communities to have conversations with each other About the harm that is being caused.