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

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    If Mercy lived in my community, her relationship would be influenced by different kinds of gender norms, many of which are less linked to male authority/dominance. Some of those norms, such as valuing open communication in relationships and equal partnership, may be protective factors instead of risk factors. At the same time, norms in my community that value family privacy could put Mercy at greater risk, as she may feel less comfortable disclosing the IPV she is experiencing to others (like her friend). I also live in an area where employment rates are very high and employees have greater power in the job market – this would be a protective factor, as it would give Mercy autonomy and relieve the pressure on her family as a whole. However, my community may be more impacted by racial discrimination within broader society than Mercy’s community it, so this may put her at greater risk of experiencing not only IPV but other types of violence.

    Megan Denise Smith

      In my community, Mercy would still face some individual factors like if she witnessed violence in her own household and so on but there would be different protective factors in the community and society levels, including different gender norms. There is a lot of stigma around domestic violence among both men and women in my society so Clinton would have experienced more shaming from his peers (hopefully) because violence is not normalised however he also could have kept the violence more to himself and not shared it with his friends when drinking because he would be aware he would stigmatised by it.

      Unnati Machchhar

        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.

        Benedicta Ndiku

          The factors and triggers from mercys xommunity seems to be similiar to my community but the difference comes into the mod of response within my factors including community dialogues, support from NGOS and the community are endondorsed to increase or create awareness on gender equality.

          Grace Mukhuta-Banda

            The would be the same due to social norms that definitely perpetuate gender based violence as well as intimate partner violence. Even if in a different community, the same factors and triggers would still exist unless if mitigation measures are put in place via community sensitization programs on IPV and GBV thus to achieve behaviour change.

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