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"Drinking Too Much, Fighting Too Much": The Dual "Disasters" of Intimate Partner Violence and Alcohol Use in South Africa.

Authors
  • Backe, Emma L1
  • Bosire, Edna2, 3
  • Mendenhall, Emily4, 5
  • 1 Anthropology Department, 166722George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.
  • 2 Center for Innovation in Global Health, 8368Georgetown University & College of Medicine, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 3 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malawi and SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, 37707University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (Malawi)
  • 4 Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and SAMRC Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
  • 5 Faculty of Health Sciences, 37707University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. , (South Africa)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
10
Pages
2312–2333
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211034206
PMID: 34766522
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The intersecting issues of intimate partner violence (IPV) and alcohol abuse in South Africa are often characterized as "disasters." Ethnographic research among women in Soweto demonstrates the different manifestations of IPV, perceptions of abuse, and coping mechanisms to manage harmful domestic relationships. Findings suggest a consistent relationship between excessive drinking patterns and IPV-most significantly, physical and emotional abuse-while indicating that domestic violence measures should include questions about stress. The authors also argue against pathologizing the relationship between IPV and alcohol abuse, to instead center the structured, sedimented ways that violence within the home has become a "normalized" disaster.

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