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

Deborah Thorpe

    Violence prevention is important for Mercy’s community because you have intersecting forms of VAW and there is an intergenerational cycle of VAW especially IPV. So just treating the survivors of VAW is not enough because there will always be perpetrators present in the community. Just as in the story with the cholera outbreak within the community, the prevention has a better chance of success than the cure. Some people got better with the cure while others die. In the same way, responding to VAW may help one woman but it can have a lasting impact on her children or another woman may die from her assault whereas another may survive.