oa SAHARA : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV / AIDS Research Alliance - Alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS in Botswana : establishing the link based on empirical evidence

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1729-0376
  • E-ISSN: 1813-4424



The existence of gender-based violence has been a source of concern within the public and private sectors as well as civil society organisations in Botswana. The present study investigated the link between alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS. Further, it attempted to unravel the often unquestioned assumption that gender-based violence is perpetuated by cultural practices. Case study qualitative methodology was used to gather data for the study. A sample of 20 cases was selected purposively from five women's non-governmental organisations. In addition, in-depth interviews were conducted with agency coordinators, social workers, police commanders and police officers. The findings of the study revealed a relationship between alcohol abuse and gender-based violence, which makes victims vulnerable to HIV infection. From the findings, it is recommended that gender-based programmes be established to sensitise people about the link between alcohol abuse, gender-based violence and HIV / AIDS.

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