n Gender and Behaviour - Gender-based violence : opportunities and coping resources for women in abusive unions




The study explored the perceptions of six health and social service providers, clinical and counseling psychologists and social workers, in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province on the reasons for battered women to remain in abusive relationships. These were sampled through the expert sampling method on the basis of their ability to provide professional knowledge on the topic under study and data were analysed using the content analysis method. The participants considered the phenomenon of battered women remaining in abusive relationships to be due to cultural, financial and psychological reasons. While it was explained that these women sought help, the help was sought for secondary reasons other than leaving the abusive relationships. Referral network systems for these women were reported to be available in the Vhembe District albeit not sufficient hence the women do not have enough support to help them leave the abusive relationships. Community advocacy programmes are needed to empower women in abusive relationships to deal with their situations.


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