Exploring Kenyan Women’s Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence

Tameka L. Gillum, Mitchell Doucette, Mtise Mwanza, Leso Munala

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem and global human rights violation. Effective interventions can only be created upon conducting qualitative studies that explore the cultural context of an affected population and how they interpret the phenomenon. This qualitative study investigated Kenyan women’s perceptions of IPV. Two community-based focus groups (n = 19) were conducted with Kenyan women in Nairobi. Conventional content analysis identified seven primary themes that emerged from focus group data: snapshot of violence; poverty; cultural context; masculinity; women taking action; resources; and, prevention strategies. Themes are described and implications for further research and intervention are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2130-2154
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Africa
  • community perspectives
  • intimate partner violence
  • qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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