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Title:Battered Women: A Socio-Legal Perspective of Their Experiences in Nairobi
Author:Ondicho, Tom G.
Periodical:African Study Monographs
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:sexual offences
Urbanization and Migration
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
External link:https://jambo.africa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/kiroku/asm_normal/abstracts/pdf/21-1/35-44.pdf
Abstract:Although the extent of gender violence in Kenya, particularly in urban areas, is unknown, there is substantial evidence to suggest that wife battering is a major social problem that has escalated into epidemic proportions in recent years. This paper reports on a research project carried out between June and July 1992 in Ayani and Kianda estates which lie about 10 km southwest of Nairobi's city centre. It examined the legal experiences of battered women and their perceptions of the violence. Findings reveal that the problem of wife beating is rampant and that most battered women do not seek legal intervention. A majority of the women remained in intimate relationships with the men who beat them due to economic dependence and lack of alternatives outside the relationship. Bibliogr., sum.