Domestic violence and the Psychological wellbeing. experiences from of women in Omiya Anyima Sub-county in Kitgum District, Northern Uganda
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of domestic violence on The Psychological wellbeing of women in Omiya Anyima sub county Kitgum district. The study was based on the following 3 research questions (i) What are the forms of domestic violence on women in Omiya Anyima sub county Kitgum district?; (ii) what are the causes of domestic violence in Omiya Anyima sub county Kitgum district?; and (iii) how does domestic violence affect The psychological wellbeing of women in Omiya Anyima sub county Kitgum district.The study adopted qualitative cross-sectional research approach and design. Qualitative data were collected to understand the forms/prevalence, causes and psychological impacts and patterns of violent situations and to explore and understand the contexts in which Domestic Violence occurs. Data was collected through interviews with married women and men and, focus group discussions with community members, as well as interviews with key informants, such as representatives from the government, local leaders, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on this issue, and Reports gotten from the GBV desk at Omiya Anyima police station and register book of Omiya Anyima health center III. With regards to the causes of domestic violence in Omiya Anyima sub county Kitgum District; study findings revealed four dominant themes that is Alcoholism, economic poverty, marital infidelity and Patriarchy. Forms of domestic violence against them were physical violence, emotional violence and economic violence. And the impacts to the psychological wellbeing were fear, depression and Trauma. Findings shows that domestic violence inflicts harm to women such as emotional harm, social harm and psychological harm. Women’s experiences reflect a highly complex intersection of systemic and community factors that create barriers and facilitators to women in their decisionmaking when determining the future for their family and their intimate relationships. Survivors, irrespective of class, live in a constant state of fear, often choosing to remain in violent relationships to ensure their economic security – even when this security is sub-par. Gendered expectations of work, family, care, and fidelity, among others, were drawn on to rationalize men’s violence against their female partners. The study recommended that; there is therefore an urgent need for the government to integrate the service of psychologists in the mental health programs; need for the government to introduce awareness campaigns on the effect or implications of domestic violence especially in parishes through some agencies and women organizations.