Journal of
the Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association

  • Abbreviation: J. Kenya Couns. Psychol. Assoc.
  • DOI: 10.5897/JOKCPA
  • Start Year: 2020
  • Published Articles: 1

Article in Press

Implications of Pervasive Patriarchy on Domestic Violence in Kenya

Ciriaka Gitonga

  •  Received: 01 January 2021
  •  Accepted: 13 July 2021
Background: Domestic violence cases in Kenya have been on the rise resulting in maimed partners, murdered, or homicides. Several studies attribute domestic violence to substance abuse, history of abuse, economic factors, and extended family member, among others. Objective: The paper examined the influence of culturally constructed patriarchy on domestic violence. Materials and Method: This study adopted qualitative inquiry methods to examine the participant's understanding of patriarchy's pervasive nature. The study adopted a snowballing technique to access 20 married participants who had been victims of domestic violence. Data was gathered using focused group discussions and analyzed using content analysis to provide the depth of the inquiry. Results: This study reveals the pervasive nature of patriarchy as an important influence on domestic violence. Implications: The pervasive nature of patriarchal beliefs makes males seek control over empowered women continually. As women resist, violence occurs. Conclusion: Domestic violence will continue to occur in most families since males are socialized to dominate women.

Keywords: Pervasive; Patriarchy; Domestic Violence