Journal of Mental Health and Human Behaviour

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 93--99

I Would Just Want to Leave this World”: Women's experiences of domestic violence in Northern Namibia


Belinda L Selebano1, John D Matthews2 
1 Department of Social Work, Matthews – College of Education, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
2 Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

Correspondence Address:
John D Matthews
Zayed University, Post Box: 19282, Dubai
UAE

Background: Domestic violence (DV) is a traumatic experience that is influenced by a complex interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic factors and which exists worldwide. Namibia, located in Southwest Africa, is no exception to this as local media continuously report incidences of physical and sexual violence committed against women throughout the country. Materials and Methods: Using a qualitative design, twelve (N=12) female participants who experienced first-hand the effects of DV provided extensive insights into this phenomenon and its causal factors and offered suggestions as to what can be done to address this issue. Results: The results from this inquiry detail the physical and mental health implications of abuse and the challenges and barriers that participants experienced during the help seeking process. Conclusions: These findings contribute to knowledge enhancement and awareness raising which are essential for policy development and establishing inclusive practices related to DV. Furthermore, the study endeavours to assist helping professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, counsellors, and psychiatrists in their assessment and support of individuals who experience traumatic violence in their intimate relationships.


How to cite this article:
Selebano BL, Matthews JD. “I Would Just Want to Leave this World”: Women's experiences of domestic violence in Northern Namibia.J Mental Health Hum Behav 2020;25:93-99


How to cite this URL:
Selebano BL, Matthews JD. “I Would Just Want to Leave this World”: Women's experiences of domestic violence in Northern Namibia. J Mental Health Hum Behav [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jul 28 ];25:93-99
Available from: https://www.jmhhb.org/article.asp?issn=0971-8990;year=2020;volume=25;issue=2;spage=93;epage=99;aulast=Selebano;type=0