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Some Insights about Gender-Based Violence in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR)

Some Insights about Gender-Based Violence in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR) The article draws on a specific slice of data about gender-based violence from a recent Quality of Life (QoL) survey conducted amongst 16,729 respondents in Gauteng. While gender-based violence comes in multiple forms, the focus of the survey was on spousal or partner violence. The survey posed a provocative statement to respondents about the circumstances under which a man is justified in hitting or beating his wife/partner, i.e. if she goes out without telling him; if she doesn’t look after the children; if she argues with him; if she refuses to have sex with him; if she burns the food; and if she is unfaithful. This article explores the extent to which particular attributes of respondents (sex, race, income, education, participation of men/women; as well as participation in civil society organisations) may account for views that spouse/partner beating or hitting is justified. One finding of interest was that the gender-based violence question ‘if she is unfaithful’ received the strongest response across all the socio-economic characteristics that were evaluated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology Study Science and Engineering Publishing Company

Some Insights about Gender-Based Violence in the Gauteng City-Region (GCR)

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Science and Engineering Publishing Company
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Science and Engineering Publishing Company
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2328-1685
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2328-1650

Abstract

The article draws on a specific slice of data about gender-based violence from a recent Quality of Life (QoL) survey conducted amongst 16,729 respondents in Gauteng. While gender-based violence comes in multiple forms, the focus of the survey was on spousal or partner violence. The survey posed a provocative statement to respondents about the circumstances under which a man is justified in hitting or beating his wife/partner, i.e. if she goes out without telling him; if she doesn’t look after the children; if she argues with him; if she refuses to have sex with him; if she burns the food; and if she is unfaithful. This article explores the extent to which particular attributes of respondents (sex, race, income, education, participation of men/women; as well as participation in civil society organisations) may account for views that spouse/partner beating or hitting is justified. One finding of interest was that the gender-based violence question ‘if she is unfaithful’ received the strongest response across all the socio-economic characteristics that were evaluated.

Journal

International Journal of Sociology StudyScience and Engineering Publishing Company

Published: Jun 1, 2013

Keywords: Gender-based Violence; Quality of Life; South Africa; Gauteng

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