An Investigation of Cultural Expectations and Standards as Contributors to Domestic Violence Perpetuated Against Men: A Case Study of Limpopo Province
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a complex social problem, a major global concern, and an obstacle to social and economic progress in the developing regions of the world (South Africa not exempted). Generally, Intimate Partner Violence occurs in the private sphere of the family and poses serious risks to human beings and the broader society. This article was prompted by the paucity of data to address the growing problem of IPV against men in Limpopo province of South Africa, particularly the narrow focus on cultural norms and standard towards men. It also examines the impact of cultural values on IPV against men. Furthermore, the article evaluates what changes may be implemented within cultural norms and standards to include male as victims of domestic violence. To get a thorough understanding of the impacts and implications of cultural norms and standards imposed on men, this article employed a qualitative research method to garner men's perceptions of IPV, which enables an in-depth understanding of how cultural norms and standards perpetuate IPV against men. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with ten members of the House of Traditional Leaders. Findings indicate that instances of Intimate Partner Violence against men in Limpopo province are primarily influenced by the norms, values, language, and other cultural factors that are like the dust in the air that surrounds everyone. In addition, the article argues that IPV against males can be reduced by societal education and greater research that can influence culturally effective strategies to combat IPV against men.
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