Full Length Research Paper
Gender based violence against women is a prevalent public health challenge that poses a serious threat to women’s physical, social and mental health. Zimbabwe has taken proactive and reactive steps to deal with gender-based violence (GBV) through legislation and policies. Despite this seemingly conducive environment 1 in 3 women continue to experience GBV in Zimbabwe. While sustained research in the country indicate the risk factors associated with GBV that are driven from population surveys, few details survivors’ narratives and insights into this type of violence. This paper provides unique accounts of two women’s experiences in an abusive relationship as well as perspectives to better understand complexities and pervasiveness of GBV.
Key words: Gender based violence, coping strategies, physical violence, and emotional violence.
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