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Intimate partner violence: The need for an alternative primary preventive approach in Botswana

Radiance M. Ogundipe, Nataly Woollett, Gboyega Ogunbanjo, Anthony A. Olashore, Stephane Tshitenge
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 10, No 1 | a1699 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v10i1.1699 | © 2018 Radiance M. Ogundipe, Nataly Woollett, Gboyega Ogunbanjo, Anthony A. Olashore, Stephane Tshitenge | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2017 | Published: 24 May 2018

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Radiance M. Ogundipe, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, Botswana
Nataly Woollett, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa
Gboyega Ogunbanjo, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
Anthony A. Olashore, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, Botswana
Stephane Tshitenge, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, Botswana


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Abstract

Intimate partner violence is a common social problem which causes considerable relationship stress and results in significant morbidity and mortality of the victims. Botswana, like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, has tried to address the problem of intimate partner violence with legislations prescribing punitive measures for the perpetrators and protection for the victims. The effectiveness of these measures in reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence is doubtful. This article is to motivate for an alternative primary preventive approach to the problem as a more pragmatic option.


Keywords

Intimate Partner Violence; Prevention; Abuse; Community Approach; Integrated System Wide Strategy; Youth Involvement.

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