Women empowerment and domestic violence in selected households in kampala. a case study of Kawempe division Kampala district.

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Kampala International University,College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The study was aimed at making an investigation on how woman empowerment led to domestic violence in Kawempe division. The objectives of the study were; to examine the effects of women empowerment on households in Kawempe division, to examine the causes of domestic violence in Kawempe division, and to examine the relationship between Woman empowerment and domestic violence in Kawempe division. The study used descriptive research design in which qualitative and quantitative methods were used. The researcher used quantitative research design because it was very original, easy to analyze, categorize, code and interpret large amount of data by using a computer. The study was based on both primary and secondary data on women empowerment and domestic violence in Kawempe division. After data collection, data was checked for completeness, accuracy and uniformity. In particular, data was coded to give its meaningful patterns. Data was analyzed using tentative themes. Tentative themes included married women and those above thirty years but married below eighteen years. Data of the same code categories were assembled together and report written. The study found that, 32% of the respondents agreed on Psychological Violence as one of the forms of domestic violence in Kawempe division. The study further revealed that 58% of the respondents strongly disagreed that poverty is the main cause of domestic violence, 8% that Unemployment with its associated issues leads to domestic violence in family holds, 13.3% are not sure whether job security motivates them, 16.7%. The study concluded that women empowerment is the root cause of domestic violence in Kawempe division. Women who have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence suffer a range of health problems, often in silence. They have poorer physical and mental health, suffer more injuries, and use more medical resources than non-abused women. Females of all ages are victims of violence, in part because of their limited social and economic power compared with men. Basing on the findings, the study revealed that a high proportion of women in Kawempe division are experiencing domestic violence. The study recommended the government to sensitize communities in Kawempe division about the forms of domestic violence and provide laws or measures in protection of women’s rights through appropriate reforms.
A research report submitted to the college of humanities and social science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration of Kampala International University
Women empowerment, domestic violence, households, Kawempe division