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Table 5 The problem of domestic violence/ukatili wa nyumbani (Uganda)

From: Exploring the mental health and psychosocial problems of Congolese refugees living in refugee settings in Rwanda and Uganda: a rapid qualitative study

Description of the problem Number of respondents
Husbands beating their wives at home (wabwana wamepiga wabibi wao ndani yamanyumba) 6
Children are not permitted to go to school (watoto wamekatazwa kwenda shuleni) 4
Beating children (kupiga watoto) 3
Marital rape/forced love (upendo wanguvu) 3
Misunderstandings in the family 2
Child labour 2
Wives attacking their husbands in bars 2
Child marriages 2
Not finding happiness (kukosa furaha) 1
Poverty status 1
Wounds on the body from beatings 1
Husband and wife doing business together, husband takes all the money (bibi na bwana kufanya biashara, bwana anachukuwa yote) 1
Separation (kuwachana kw wake na wanawume) 1
Parents physically fighting in the presence of children (wazazi kugombana mebere ya watoto wawo) 1
Children’s performance deteriorates at school 1
Men use family resources to marry other women/polygamy 1
Women deny husbands sex when they are drunk 1
Sale of home property 1
Women reporting husbands to in-laws 1
Quarreling (ugomvi) 1
Use of abusive language (kukuwa na maneno mabaya kwa masemo) 1
Women losing body weight 1
Perceived causes of the problem Number of respondents
Poverty 6
Drunkardness / alcoholism (ulevi) 6
Food and money aid received 3
Polygamy 2
Deception/lies (kudanganya) 2
Discrimination among children (ubaguzi kati ya watoto) (e.g. parents treating one child favourably) 1
Hunger 1
Rape 1
Early marriages 1
Weak laws on domestic violence 1
Coming from a family that practices domestic violence 1
Indiscipline (kukosa hadabu) 1
Sex denial 1
Not believing in God 1
Infidelity 1
Quarrels in the home 1
Not providing basic needs to family members 1
Women refusing to work expecting free things 1
Cultural beliefs (men beat women to show masculinity) (wanawume wanapiga wake ili waonyeshe ubwana bwawo) 1
Many bars everywhere 1
Fighting in the homes 1
Selling household items to booze 1
Effects on those with the problem and those close to them Number of respondents
Death 4
HIV/AIDS 4
Separation of couples 4
Poverty 2
Sustaining injuries from fights 2
Inability to pay school fees for children 2
Misunderstandings between couples 2
No peace in the home (hakuna usalama nyumbani) 2
Child neglect 2
Street children 2
Imprisonment 2
Lack of happiness in the home (kukosa furaha kwa nyumba yake) 1
Mistreatment of children 1
Child labour 1
Quarrels (ugonvi) 1
Hatred from neighbours for having sleepless nights 1
Living a promiscuous life 1
Scars on the body 1
Early marriages 1
Children lack parental love 1
Disability 1
What do people currently do to address the problem Number of respondents
There are people in the villages who counsel people (pako batu muma village ba kushhulia watu) 8
Reporting to the police 5
Sensitizing communities on domestic violence 4
Praying for the perpetrators in church 3
Report to NGOs 2
Clubs in schools teach children child protection 1
Circulating information and educational materials about domestic violence 1
World vision supplements on food being given to reduce hunger 1
What should be done about the problem if resources were available Number of respondents
Government to make strict laws against domestic violence 4
Getting employment 3
Stop bribery (rushwa) at police posts (from offenders) 3
Family counseling (mashauri ya nyumbani) 2
Startup capital for business 2
Making associations that support affected families 2
Imprisoning offenders 2
Get more development projects 1
Teaching children in schools to report domestic violence 1
Giving awards to domestic free homes 1
Closing bars, as they are too many 1
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