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Lack of Mutual Respect in Relationship The Endangered Partner

Alao, A. A. (2006) Lack of Mutual Respect in Relationship The Endangered Partner. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1087.

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Violence in a relationship and in a family setting has been an issue of concern to various interest groups and professional organizations. Of particular interest in this article is violence against women in a relationship. While there is an abundance of knowledge on violence against women in general, intimate or partner femicide seems to have received less attention. Unfortunately, the incidence of violence against women, and intimate femicide in particular, has been an issue of concern in the African setting. This article examines the trends of intimate femicide in an African setting in general, and in Botswana in particular. The increase in intimate femicide is an issue of concern, which calls for collective effort to address. This article also examines trends offemicide in Botswana, and the antecedents and the precipitating factors. Some studies have implicated societal and cultural dynamics as playing significant roles in intimate femicide in the African setting. It is believed that the patriarchal nature of most African settings and the ideology of male supremacy have relegated women to a subordinate role. Consequently, respect for women in any relationship with men is lopsided in favor of men and has led to abuse of women, including intimate femicide. Other militating factors in intimate femicide ,are examined and the implications for counseling to assist the endangered female partner are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: violence; domestic; women; intimate partner; femicide; Africa; Botswana
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2012 13:57
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2012 13:57

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