This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.

Domestic Violence in Kenya: Strengths-Based Research

Domestic violence in Kenya: Strengths-based research
Jane RoseNjue, DorothyRombo, Laura S.Smart, Anne N.Lutomia, and Lucy WandiriMbirianjau

Violence against women and children is rooted in patriarchal views of women as subordinate to men (Kameri-Mbote, 2000). The patriarchal family is the norm worldwide. Although some traditional sub-Saharan African societies were matriarchal (Oppong, 1974), Kenya's traditional societies are not among them. This chapter examines the context within which domestic violence occurs in Kenya and applies the family strengths framework to identify the individual, family, and community resources people use to deal with abuse as well as evaluates policies the abused have used to survive or mitigate the experience.

To understand the social and legal dimensions of domestic violence it is necessary to examine the familial ...

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