Domestic violence in Kenya: Why battered women stay
Ondicho, Tom Gesora
MetadataShow full item record
Domestic violence (DV) is a glaring social problem that occurs with impunity in many homes around the world.Though traditionally accepted as a normal cultural practice, today it has become less tolerable and is viewed as a crime. Despite this major change in social attitudes towards DV, the factors that hinder battered women’s flight from violent relationships are not well understood. Using data from a study of 112 battered women in Kibera slums , this paper explores the facto rs that trap women in violent relationships. Findings from this study are consistent with previous findings. The paper offers very useful gendered insights into the reasons why battered women stay. The findings are central in ensuring adequate support for battered women to free themselves from the yoke of violence and violent relationships.