Building Community Resilience through Alleviating Violence against Women and Girls in Dombotombo, Marondera
Keywords:policy, domestic affairs, community, management, peace, conflict resolution
This article builds an argument on the efficacy of strategies to alleviate violence against women and girls (VAWG) in building community resilience in Zimbabwe. The study was guided by four objectives, i.e. to identify the most prevalent cases of VAWG, assess whether women and girls are knowledgeable and fully informed to understand VAWG from awareness campaigns, assess the contribution of awareness campaigns to increased reporting of VAWG and how they can be improved to promote sustained ability of women and girls to withstand and recover from violence. Non-probability sampling techniques were employed to formulate 15 participants who participated in focus group discussion, in-depth and key informant interviews. Data were collected, organised, presented and discussed using qualitative research methodologies. Results revealed that the most prevalent cases of VAWG were domestic, physical, sexual, verbal, emotional and economic violence. The research revealed potential benefits of reporting. Participants lacked knowledge and understanding of VAGW except for key informants who portrayed practical understanding. It concluded that VAWG is still prevalent despite persistent efforts to alleviate it through awareness campaigns, the major strategy assessed in this study, and recommended the need to strengthen VAWG alleviation strategies in building community resilience.