State agencies and stakeholders' views on strategies of curbing domestic violence in Bungoma county, Kenya

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Ruth Lusike Nyaranga
Lewis Ngesu
Atieno Kili K’odhiambo
Alice Masese

Abstract

Introduction: Domestic violence (DV) has been on the rise in Bungoma County, costing the lives of many. The violence spilled over to the schools, which triggered the state agencies and stakeholders to establish strategies to curb domestic violence.


Purpose: The study was set up to investigate strategies to curb domestic violence in Bungoma County, Kenya.  Establish a solution to the menace which was developing into a circle of abuse.


Methodology: Descriptive survey design was employed. The target population was 160,000 Forms 1 to 4 students, 400 head teachers and 400 guidance and counseling teachers.  The study also targeted 1,125 parents registered as social groups within the Ministry of Social Services in Bungoma County.  The study sampled 576 students randomly, purposively sampled 36 principles and 36 guiding and counseling teachers. Then two members (male & female) from the registered social groups were purposively sampled from the nine sub-counties. The instruments used for data collection were open and closed-ended structured questionnaires for the students, interview schedule for the principals and guiding and counseling teachers, and focus group discussion for the parents.


Results: The study established that as much as the highest (90%) of the respondents recommended police punishment for the perpetrators' other studies opined that it was not the best option. Hence the study settled on the second option of having open forums to sensitize people on the dangers of domestic violence.


Recommendations: The study recommended more emphasis on the establishment of practical strategies to eradicate poverty, which was exposed as one of the leading factors in domestic violence.  Second, the public's awareness of the various dangers of DV should be increased.  Thirdly to encourage the religious institutions to stress and facilitate the moral ethos to the people.

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How to Cite
Nyaranga, R. L., Ngesu, L., K’odhiambo, A. K., & Masese, A. (2021). State agencies and stakeholders’ views on strategies of curbing domestic violence in Bungoma county, Kenya. Journal of Educational Research in Developing Areas, 1(3), 265-277. https://doi.org/10.47434/JEREDA.1.3.2020.265

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