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Title: COVID-19 induced DV in Zimbabwe’s Southlea Park residential area in Harare
Authors: Oshneck Mupepi
Mark Matsa
Department of Geography, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience building, Midlands State University, Gweru 9055, Zimbabwe
Department of Geography, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience building, Midlands State University, Gweru 9055, Zimbabwe
Keywords: domestic-violence
COVID-19
lockdown
vulnerable
victim
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2024
Publisher: Academic Publishing
Abstract: COVID-19 affected various communities across the globe in different ways. The study assessed the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown on domestic violence in Southlea-Park residential area in Harare. A mixed methods research design was adopted as it allowed use of both qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches. Questionnaires, interviews and observations were employed for data collection. The research showed that DV in Southlea Park residential area emanated from drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, and conflicts over decision- making between parents, prostitution and food insufficiency among others. The study indicated that most dominant forms of DV in Southlea Park during the COVID-19 lockdown period included physical, emotional and verbal violence. The findings from this study indicated that males suffered more from verbal and psychological violence whilst females suffered more from physical, economic, sexual and emotional violence. The research concludes that COVID-19 had massive influence on domestic violence, however, the Zimbabwe Republic Police should ensure deployment of police officers in temporally camps within or close to residential areas that are far from police stations to ensure public safety during situations that trigger domestic and other forms of violence in residential areas and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development in Zimbabwe should ensure availability of agents responsible for ensuring against vulnerability of people to gender, domestic and other forms of violence in all communities of the country especially during situations that trigger violence.
URI: https://cris.library.msu.ac.zw//handle/11408/6195
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