The subjective experiences of survivors and perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence
Obonetse, Kgomotso Charity
PublisherUniversity of Botswana, www.ub.bw
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Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is now recognized in many societies as a violation of human rights and as a major public health concern. Globally, one in three women worldwide has experienced IPV and one out of four men has experienced some form of IPV. IPV perpetrated against women remain a major health concern with a broad range of negative physical, psychological and sexually health outcomes. This exploratory research study explored the experiences of 5 women who were identified as having experienced male perpetrated IPV. Semi-structured interviews explored the women’s experiences of both physical and emotional abuse, as well as barriers to leaving their abusive relationship(s), and their experiences of seeking help. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed that the women’s experiences of being in abusive relationships were traumatic and had a negative impact on both their physical and psychological well-being. Some participants described feeling shame and embarrassment for failing to sustain their marriages. Frequently, the participants reported fear of being judged or not believed which was a significant barrier to seeking help. The lack of support and effective services provision was of great concern to most of the women. Some participants outlined a desire to use their own experiences in order to help other women in abusive relationships. These findings offer important implications for understanding IPV against women and developing enhanced sources of support both by the government and non-government organisation.