Domestic Violence continues to be a global epidemic that kills, tortures, and maims – physically, psychologically, sexually, and economically. This is the most prevalent yet relatively hidden and ignored form of violence. Moreover, when the violation takes place within the home, as is very often the case, the abuse is effectively condoned by the tacit silence and the passivity displayed by the state and the law enforcing machinery. Domestic violence occurs amongst people living
in the families and therefore can be said to entail abuse mostly by people known to each other, i.e. Husband to Wife, Wife to Husband, Mother to Child, Father to Child, Grown up Child to
Parents and violence within the Extended family cycle. The violence can be meted, either physically or verbally.
The victims of domestic violence normally have certain shortfalls such as: Low educational background, Entire dependence on their abusers i.e. Housewives who depend on husbands for
their survival. It is also worth noting that economic hardships and incidences of extramarital affairs contribute largely to cases of domestic violence in several residential areas in Kenya. It is,
therefore, recommendable that efforts be made to ensure that victims of domestic violence in Kenya are economically empowered so that they do not rely on their abusers who take
advantage and continually abuse them.The forms of its occurrence remain largely hidden and there is a great degree of social acceptance of domestic violence. The victims often under-report violence out of a feeling of shame or because they do not view certain acts as violent. It can be clearly said that domestic
violence is a country-wide phenomena whose prevalence cannot be assumed to be in particular regions of the country. No society can claim to be free of such violence; the only variation is in the patterns and trends that exist in countries and regions. It is a societal crisis that requires concerted action to stem its scourge. Culture does influence the relationship between the
various groups in society and some cultural practices, beliefs and traditions have had the tendency to relegate victims of domestic violence to second class status in society thereby not
only violating their rights as human beings but also leading to discrimination against them; example of such victims are women.
Jamii Aid Network works to mitigate domestic violence and other associated community violence by:
a). Training and sensitizing residents of low-income residential areas and the society in it’s entirety on dangers of domestic violence, root causes and ways of mitigation.
b). Generally, victims of post-domestic violence and any other form of violence are left nursing a lasting trauma with no initiatives to help mitigate the emotional and psychology torture they experience. Jamii Aid Network engages in activities that assist in providing post-trauma
counseling to the victims. This includes but not limited to contracting experts such as counselors and psychotherapists to help the victims regain their psychological normalcy.
c). Assist victims of violence with poverty stricken background to access medical attention.