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Intimate partner violence among male couples in South Africa and Namibia

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-19T08:15:27Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-19T08:15:27Z
dc.date.issued 2020-11-18 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15507
dc.description.abstract Despite the growing body of evidence demonstrating the high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among male couples and the unique antecedents to IPV that male couples may experience, research efforts have focused almost exclusively on North American populations. Missing from the literature is an understanding of the experience of IPV among male couples in African nations where social norms and legal restrictions around same-sex behavior may be more conservative. This paper presents data from an innovative study of male couples (Together Tomorrow) from two Southern African countries characterized by high prevalence of HIV: Namibia and South Africa. A one-time cross-sectional survey was conducted with 140 partnered MSM (70 couples) in Namibia and 300 partnered MSM (150 couples) in KZN, South Africa, for a total sample size of 440 partnered MSM (220 couples). Surveys measured the recent (12 month) experience of physical, sexual and emotional IPV and the experience of sexuality-related stressors. Reporting of IPV was relatively low: 7.3% reported being the victim of IPV from their male partner in the 12 months prior to the survey, and 10.2% reported participating in bi-directional IPV in their relationship in the previous 12 months. Men who reported different experiences of internalized homophobia and external acts of discrimination were more likely to report IPV and bi-directional IPV. The results offer several potential intervention points to disrupt pathways between stigma and IPV for partnered MSM in South Africa and Namibia, and point to the need for services for this critically overlooked population. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject COUPLES en
dc.subject NAMIBIA en
dc.subject PARTNER VIOLENCE en
dc.title Intimate partner violence among male couples in South Africa and Namibia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume November en
dc.BudgetYear 2020/21 en
dc.ResearchGroup Impact Centre en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Capabilities en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Family Violence en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11618 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=23180 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 10790 en
dc.bibliographictitle Stephenson, R., Darbes, L.A., Chavanduka, T., Essack, Z. & Van Rooyen, H. (2020) Intimate partner violence among male couples in South Africa and Namibia. <i>Journal of Family Violence</i>. November:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Stephenson, R. en
dc.contributor.author2 Darbes, L.A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Chavanduka, T. en
dc.contributor.author4 Essack, Z. en
dc.contributor.author5 Van Rooyen, H. en

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