International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Domestic Violence Dynamics on Informal Trading Married Women in Harare, Zimbabwe
Evidence S. Matangi, Evans Manjoro

This paper investigates the average frequency of occurrence of domestic violence among informal trading married women, and the associated contributing factors. On average, the frequency of domestic violence perpetrated against informal trading married women was significantly different from zero. There was a profound association between women’s experience of domestic violence and the employment status of their husbands. Those women married to formally employed husbands were more vulnerable. The main factors attributed to domestic violence were finances, infidelity and issues of relatives. Strong association was noted between the main factor contributing to domestic violence (finances) and the women’s highest level of education. Overall, the majority of the respondents agreed on the opinion that economically dependent women were more prone to domestic violence in comparison to their economically independent counterparts.

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