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Title:Spousal violence in a rural South African community: qualitative data from focus groups
Author:Peltzer, KarlISNI
Year:1998
Periodical:Psychopathologie africaine
Volume:29
Issue:2
Pages:219-236
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:assault and battery
family
Abstract:Violence against women has been declared a priority crime in South Africa's National Crime Prevention Strategy. This article presents the results of a qualitative study on the frequency and severity of spousal violence in a rural community in Sekgosese District, Northern Province. Other forms of violence, including homicide and suicide, resulting from spousal violence, were also examined. The results, which are derived from focus groups discussions with both men and women, indicate a high frequency and severity of wife beating. Major reasons for wife beating mentioned were economic/educational inequality, extramarital affairs, and sexual inequality. The results of the study were compared with the factors which D. Levinson (1989) proposes as predictors of frequent wife beating, viz. sexual economic inequality, violent conflict resolution, male domestic authority, and divorce restrictions. The influence of various types of outside intervention (or the lack of it) in wife beating is also discussed. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.
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