n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Violence against women in Limpopo Province, South Africa : women's health issues

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Violence against women is present in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity and age. Literature and media report that women suffer socioeconomic and psychological trauma from their male partners. Males who are or have been in positions of trust, intimacy and power usually perpetrate violence in the domestic sphere. They can be husbands, boyfriends, fathers, stepfathers or other relatives. In most cases violence is violence perpetrated by men against women. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the psychological, social and economic impact of violence on women in Limpopo Province, South Africa. A qualitative study design was used to explore the impact of violence on women through in-depth individual interviews. A purposive sampling was used to obtain 12 women who were living with a male partner; and residing in Limpopo province. Ethical approval was obtained from the University of Venda and permission from the Department of Health and Social Development, Limpopo Province. Participation in this study was voluntary. The findings revealed that women's health is affected psychologically; economically and socially by violence.Prevention of violence is critical to those that seek to change cultural norms and laws that encourage violence against women. The public, particularly men should be educated about the adverse effects of violence.

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