Let’s continue to shun domestic violence
EDITOR — It is sad to note that domestic violence has in the last few years taken varying forms from a mere disagreement in the homes, the exchange of words between husband and wife to blows, injuries that have resulted in fatalities over the years.
A decade ago we used to see husbands physically “discipline” their wives, and that anomaly was accepted.
But now times have indeed changed; women now batter their husbands in the same measure, resulting in serious injuries and even death of the victims.
Although it is now clear that domestic violence can be perpetrated by either husband or wife, awareness programmes by both local and international groups still send messages that depict women as victims and domineering men as perpetrators.
Although men by ratio have the higher populace of aggressors, women now abuse their male counterparts.
Today’s woman stereotype is likely to result in more women being charged, convicted of domestic violence; accused of what they campaigned against.
I would want to urge civic organisations, churches, political groups and all other community leaders to join hands in advocating tolerance rather than violence, educating young people and helping them understand that arguments do not necessarily have to end in physical fights.
Rather it is honourable to walk away than engage in brawls that could result in injuries or loss of lives. Pardon Makunike, Zimre Park.