An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007)

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Gxubane, Thulane en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lipeleke, Freddy en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-26T14:08:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-26T14:08:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lipeleke, F. 2014. An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007). University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12851
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of the study was to explore the perceptions of Zimbabwe women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007) in that country. The study surveyed fourteen women activists in Zimbabwe to determine their perceptions on the strengths and weaknesses of the Act, the challenges of implementing the Act, and lastly, their recommendations with regard to the amendments, if any, that they would want to see made to the Act. The respondents comprised women who worked for organisations that advocated and lobbied for the rights of women in Zimbabwe. The research design was qualitative, and a purposive sampling technique was employed to recruit the respondents. In-depth face-to-face interviews were used to gather data for the study. Most of the respondents who were interviewed were lawyers, although there were also a significant number of social workers and a teacher. The study established that the Act had both strengths and weaknesses. The most significant strengths of the Act was the criminalisation of domestic violence in Zimbabwe. This therefore meant that the problem of domestic violence was now receiving much needed attention from the state and its law enforcement agents. Another strength of the Act was the fact that the definition of domestic violence was expanded to include other cultural practices that violate the rights of women. These included such practices as forced virginity tests and forced marriages, as well as the pledging of the girl child as a form of payment, practices which hitherto were not classified as criminal offences. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Work en_ZA
dc.title An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007) en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Lipeleke, F. (2014). <i>An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007)</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12851 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Lipeleke, Freddy. <i>"An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007)."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12851 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Lipeleke F. An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007). [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2014 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12851 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Lipeleke, Freddy AB - The overall aim of the study was to explore the perceptions of Zimbabwe women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007) in that country. The study surveyed fourteen women activists in Zimbabwe to determine their perceptions on the strengths and weaknesses of the Act, the challenges of implementing the Act, and lastly, their recommendations with regard to the amendments, if any, that they would want to see made to the Act. The respondents comprised women who worked for organisations that advocated and lobbied for the rights of women in Zimbabwe. The research design was qualitative, and a purposive sampling technique was employed to recruit the respondents. In-depth face-to-face interviews were used to gather data for the study. Most of the respondents who were interviewed were lawyers, although there were also a significant number of social workers and a teacher. The study established that the Act had both strengths and weaknesses. The most significant strengths of the Act was the criminalisation of domestic violence in Zimbabwe. This therefore meant that the problem of domestic violence was now receiving much needed attention from the state and its law enforcement agents. Another strength of the Act was the fact that the definition of domestic violence was expanded to include other cultural practices that violate the rights of women. These included such practices as forced virginity tests and forced marriages, as well as the pledging of the girl child as a form of payment, practices which hitherto were not classified as criminal offences. DA - 2014 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 T1 - An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007) TI - An exploratory study on the perceptions of Zimbabwean women activists regarding the Domestic Violence Act (2007) UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/12851 ER - en_ZA


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