Domestic Violence in Urban Areas in Zimbabwe: a Case Study of Glen Norah (Harare)

Tom Tom, Maxwell Constantine Chando Musingafi


This study revealed that domestic violence is highly prevalent in Glen Norah and that it has sexual, emotional, psychological, economic, political and social dimensions. The main perpetrators of domestic violence are men; women and children are the main victims. The study also revealed that legislation is not widely adhered to and that most cases of domestic violence are not reported. Awareness and sensitisation programmes done by the state and non state actors are useful but cultural and economic factors hamper their usefulness. The main recommendations are that domestic violence should be criminalised, legislation should be tightened and victims should be supported and protected. Domestic violence is a threat to all forms of human development. Therefore it is everyone’s duty to eliminate domestic violence.

Key words: domestic violence, urban, perpetrators, legislation, awareness, culture


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