Let’s con­tinue to shun do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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