Prevalence of various forms of domestic violence and their effects on students classroom behaviours in Bungoma county, Kenya


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


Introduction: There is an assumption that domestic violence only affected women. However, studies have shown that domestic violence has repercussions equally for children who witness it.

Purpose: The study was set up to investigate the prevalence of domestic violence in Bungoma County, Kenya, and the influence on classroom behaviour of students in secondary schools.

Methodology: Descriptive survey design was used on a target population of 576 students, 36 principles, and 36 guiding and counseling teachers, including 18 parents. The instruments used for data collection were open and closed-ended structured questionnaires for the students, an interview schedule for the principals and guiding and counseling teachers, and a focus group discussion guide for the parents.

Results: The study established that domestic violence prevailed in society, and some students were victims while others were witnesses. Secondly, domestic violence manifested in the students’ classroom behaviours.

Recommendations: The study recommended more sensitization of the public, creation of a workable hotline number to enable easier reporting and schools’ personnel to try and identify symptoms in the students who are victims for early rehabilitation. 


How to Cite
Nyaranga, R. L., Ngesu, L., K’odhiambo, A. . K., & Masese, A. (2021). Prevalence of various forms of domestic violence and their effects on students classroom behaviours in Bungoma county, Kenya. Journal of Educational Research in Developing Areas, 2(3), 278-289.


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