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Title:Violence against Wives: A Crime Sui Generis
Author:Maboreke, Mary
Periodical:The Zimbabwe Law Review
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:married women
sexual offences
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Abstract:Under Zimbabwean law, assaulting one's wife is a crime punishable by a fine, imprisonment or both. However, these sanctions have, for a variety of reasons, not always proved appropriate or adequate. An examination of some of the Zimbabwean case law on violence against wives indicates an apparent reluctance to view such violence as being sufficiently criminal to warrant legal reprobation. This attitude is apparent in both the courts and the victim wives/cohabitees themselves. While some judicial officers do sometimes take note of violence against wives, in most cases judges have little regard for the plight of women who are beaten by their husbands or boyfriends. For a woman, approaching the court for relief in the form of a divorce action is usually a last resort and, when she does so, it is rarely on the grounds of physical cruelty. Notes, ref.