Causes and consequences of domestic violence against men in Mukurwe - Ini constituency, Kenya
This research project describes the work undertaken in Mukurwe-ini concerning Domestic Violence Against Men (DVM). The research was carried out in October 2014. The research question explored the causes of physical violence against men in Mukurwe-ini and investigated the consequences of violence against men in the study area from the victims of female perpetrated domestic violence with the focus on understanding the surrounding issues of society, local authority and masculinity. From the in depth qualitative interviews conducted, the findings conclude that the help and support available for male victims is virtually nonexistent and that which exist is of poor quality. The study randomly selected a sample of 22 men from the study population for the survey. In addition, the study interviewed Key informants who were the Deputy County commissioner and the OCPD in Mukurwe-ini. Qualitative data collected from open ended questions and from the key informants was analyzed through thematic analysis while Quantitative data collected from closed ended questions was analyzed by the use Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS Version 21) and the data presented by use of descriptive statistics such as percentages, means, standard deviations and frequencies. The findings and literature in this area suggest the underlying reason for why men are battered, due to patriarchal society and the relevant authorities’ not actively recognizing domestic violence to be a male issue as well as a female issue, their only focus is towards female victims. Therefore male victims remain invisible. This societal repression has created stereotypes that impact upon the way authorities deal with domestic violence cases, in that they tend to discriminate against male victims. These stereotypes and discrimination cause male victims to feel reluctant to seek help. So, in turn, it seems domestic violence towards men is not a widespread problem hence there is no pressure for change. However this is not the case. This research piece develops these arguments fully to provide insight into the taboo subject of domestic violence against males.