Psychosocial effects of gender-based violence among women in Vhembe district: A qualitative study

South African Journal of Psychiatry

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Title Psychosocial effects of gender-based violence among women in Vhembe district: A qualitative study
Creator Rikhotso, Rodney Netangaheni, Thinavhuyo R. Mhlanga, Nongiwe L.
Subject Psychiatry gender-based violence; psychosocial effects; Vhembe district; women; effects; psychosocial.
Description Background: The phenomenon of gender-based violence is a pertinent social problem in South Africa. The fear of reporting gender-based violence contributes to its continuation, marginalisation and silencing of victims.Objectives: The study sought to explore the psychosocial effects of gender-based violence among women in Vhembe district.Methods: An exploratory phenomenological research design was used and sampling was performed purposively from a population of women who experienced gender-based violence in a low-resource, rural setting of Vhembe district. Semi-structured telephonic interviews were used as the main method of data collection after permissions and informed consent were sought for conducting the study. Thematic content analysis was applied to convert the participants’ statements into a meaningful framework to derive the findings.Results: A total of 15 participants aged from 19 to 35 years participated in the study. Their psychosocial experiences of gender-based violence were depression, worthlessness, social isolation and anger directed towards children.Conclusion: This research confirms that gender-based violence remains one of the most challenging problems associated with mental health problems in Vhembe district. It affirms the need to focus on awareness in rural areas afflicted by patriarchal attitudes, norms and stereotypes. Gender-based violence should to be viewed as human rights violation for victims’ protection.Contribution: The study contributes to the body of knowledge on the experiences of gender-based violence among marginalised women from rural areas.
Publisher AOSIS
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Date 2023-08-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v29i0.2012
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 29 (2023); 5 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Limpopo; Vhembe District Municipality August 2020-October 2022 Gender
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Rodney Rikhotso, Thinavhuyo R. Netangaheni, Nongiwe L. Mhlanga