Assessment of Domestic Violence in Zanzibar: A Case Study of Four Selected Shehias in Micheweni District

Abdulla, Nassor H. (2020) Assessment of Domestic Violence in Zanzibar: A Case Study of Four Selected Shehias in Micheweni District. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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Reality about domestic violence in Zanzibar remains a major gap in literatures. This is partly because social welfare officers and researchers paid less attention to this social problem. Therefore this study sought to assess domestic violence in Zanzibar: case study of four selected shehia in Micheweni disrict. The study was conducted in four shehias in Micheweni district namely Majenzi, Kiuyu, Mjananza and Konde. The research had five specific objectives, which were to examine the prevalence of domestic violence, to identify types of domestic violence, to identify causes of domestic violence, to examine community perception about domestic violence and to identify effects of domestic violence in the research area. The study employed qualitative and quantitative design with 98 sample size involving 47 males and 51 females aging from 20 years old onward. Data collection was done through questionnaires, interview and documentary review. The findings revealed prevalence of various types of domestic violence including psychological, economic, sexual, neglect, and physical domestic violence. Also findings revealed various causes of domestic violence in Micheweni district including lack of consideration of marriage ethics, misuse of smart phone, poverty, ignorance, jealous, patriarchy system, material resources and assets. In addition findings revealed that largest number of respondents perceived domestic violence as normal thing in life. Also findings show that though there were some cases in which men were affected but most of the effects of domestic violence hit women. The research recommends that revolutionary government of Zanzibar and community in general should overcome domestic violence in line with international conventions and declarations as well as Zanzibar policies and legislations including Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, commonly known as MKUZA III (2016-2020) and National Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children in Zanzibar (2017– 2022).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 360 Social services; association
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology and social work
Depositing User: Mr. Administrator OUT
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2021 06:49
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 06:49

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