Reflect and discuss: Risk factors and situational triggers in Mercy’s story

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    The most salient risk factors, protective factors, and situational triggers for intimate partner violence may vary in different settings, and there may be additional factors and triggers in certain settings. How do you think the factors and triggers would differ if Mercy lived in your community?


    In this point, the situation triggers are: Taking drunk, speaking about money. when Mercy need to any thing about that it became trigger.

    Angeline Ndabaningi

    Although the risk factors are almost the same, girl child education is now the talk of every organization and community structure such that it is difficult to see a girl child not going to school. This means that support factors are now strong including community support groups, school support structures, and increased awareness from the many NGOs working to promote gender equality. The triggers could be the same including harsh economic conditions escalated by COVID-19, lack of employment among youth. However, these are offset by the increased awareness on GBV

    Atusaye Nyondo

    The factors and triggers seems to apply in my community, however, variations could only come in when it comes to intersectionality of cultural and religious socialization that influences the way women experience power and control and how they apply the equality principle. Religious and cultural misperceptions about human relationships intensify unequal relationships in my community as these are key to the formation of women’s and men’s identities and roles.

    Langi Malamba

    I don’t believe there would have been much of a huge difference if she lived in my community because we have lots of men who behave like Clinton, and women who subscribe to the same norms about violence and love and the gender roles. In my community, people frown upon a husband who has lost a job and becomes a house husband managing the home and children. There are snide remarks about abuse or such a man being labelled lazy.. or he ends up trying to live a lie to pretend like he is still the bread winner. Mental health challenges are rife which contributes to miscommunication in the home and the cycle of abuse starts.

    Anne Ngunjiri

    Our community is still very patriachal – men are viwed as the dominant ones in te househild and community elve, the decision makers. Thus the experiences of Mercy would have been the same, particularly if she live in the informa settlement. However with COVID, we have seen a shift in gendered roles so perhaps that would not be a situational trigger as it was for her, as more and more we see some roles being shared and no longer a contentious issue is relationships.

    Joan Lanyero

    overall, the risk factors and triggers in Mercy’s story are very similar, only difference would include; harmful traditional practices like widow inheritance, FGM, refusal of sex in marriage, infidelity, loss of jobs or unemployment, religious differences, COVID-19 and its implications, armed conflict e.g formerly the LRA war, encampment due to displacement, lack of ownership of other resources like land – only have access but can not control or own it.

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