Strategies utilised in combating abuse experienced by men in an intimate relationship

  • Thanduxolo P. Mngomezulu


Most people in an intimate relationship (i.e. marriage, dating, family, friends, and cohabitation) experience domestic violence. So this paper seeks to  investigate the strategies that could be used to alleviate abuse against men in the province of KwaZulu-Natal which can minimise a number of problems  such as psychological, physical, emotional, economical, and health to mention a few. The theoretical basis of the study was informed by Social Learning  Theory developed by Albert Bandura in 1963. This paper used a post-positivist research paradigm which enabled the researcher to yield multiple  perspectives from participants/ target population rather than a single reality. In that light, this paper used both quantitative and qualitative research  methods for data collection. The study sampled 60 men who once experienced abuse from their intimate partners. The study managed to get responses  from all men as targeted by the study. Notably, the data collected were analysed through the use of qualitative content analysis. The study  acknowledged  the wealth of knowledge of the concept subjugation by the respondents. The study findings showed quite a number of strategies that  could be applied in preventing abuse. 


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