Domestic Violence and Its Effect on Women
45 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013
Date Written: August 5, 2013
Background: Domestic violence is a social phenomenon that has caught the attention of all and sundry in the recent times. The term domestic includes violence by an intimate partner wherever this violence takes place and by whatever forms. Violence against women constitutes any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women. This study sought to evaluate and examine the problem of domestic violence in general and specifically detail its effect on women in the Oforikrom Sub metro of the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Methods: A sampling population of 60 mostly of females and few males was used in conducting the research. In addition, key informants in the furniture industry were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. The questionnaires containing open and closed questions on domestic violence abuse, nature, its forms causes and remedial mechanisms were developed and administered. The questionnaires were either self-administered or through the face-to-face interview. The data was edited and analysed with the aid of SPSS software programme. Descriptive statistics was used in the analysis.
Results: The study brought to the fore that amidst the best means of mechanism for resolving conflict by respondents was allowing the natural sequence of time as each partner gets over it and they come together. Again it was unearthed that the demand for sex was mutual yet females continue to lack behind in terms of initiating a desire to have sex with partner. Money matters continue to be the major source of conflict in the marriages/relationships as a greater number of people in relationship/marriages are forced to do things beyond their wish. Among the challenges faced women include a persistent refusal and inability to report cases due to fear of collapse of marriage or intimate relationships.
Recommendations: Among the recommendations includes the need for the DOVVSU unit of the police force to have a hot line with specialist who can attend to women when they are being abused. There is also a call for the ministry of education to integrate domestic violence study courses into the sylabi from basis to secondary to teach children respect for human dignity and tolerance as they will grow to live with it.
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Relationships, Partner, Socio-cultural, Abuse, Ghana
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