A rare phenomenon: Experiences of abused men by partners in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Intimate Partner Violence or Domestic Violence is a world-wide phenomenon. Domestic abuse is a mixture of physical, sexual, verbal, and coercive behaviours designed to manipulate the other partner. Men abuse is a challenge in communities as men suffer in silence for fear of disclosure, stigmatization by family members, friends, community members and victimization by the service providers. The study aimed to explore experiences of men abuse by partners in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa.A qualitative explorative descriptive and contextual research design was used. The population were abused men who were purposively sampled. Data was collected through face-to face interview using an audiotape. Data was analysed using thematic analysis. Trustworthiness and ethical considerations were adhered to throughout the study. Findings revealed two themes, experiences of multifactoral causes of abuse such as lack of financial resources, lack of intimacy, lack of decision-making in relationship and interference from family members and in-laws, as well as experiences of social and professional support. A balance of power in relationships should be advocated for both men and women. Men deserve protection from intimate partner abuse, and also have a right for better living as married men. The SDG no 5 reiterate gender equity for all.