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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Ramodike, Jeanette Mmapelo
Email ramodike.jeanette@gmail.com
URN etd-09022010-182933
Document Title The subjective experiences of violence after disclosure of HIV status among women
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Ms I Ruane Supervisor
  • women
  • domestic violence
  • infection
Date 2010-04-22
Availability unrestricted

There is a need for understanding the stories behind domestic violence and HIV/AIDS in women. Many research studies focus on the interaction between domestic violence and risky behaviours for HIV/AIDS infection and have ignored the experiences of women who are caught up in these situations. This study aims at exploring the experiences of HIV-positive women who are victims of domestic violence and tries to understand their feelings regarding their HIV status and the violence. Factors that contribute to the spread of HIV in women are also explored. It is argued that domestic violence and other socio-cultural factors are the driving forces behind the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in women. These factors also contribute to the continuation of dominant themes of domestic violence. The emerging stories further indicate that cultural factors situate women in positions that limit their ability to make decisions in the relationship, including sexual decisions. In the context of domestic violence, it not only becomes difficult for women to cope with their HIV diagnosis, but their positive HIV status also leads to the continuation of domestic violence.

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Please cite as follows:

Ramodike, JM 2010, The subjective experiences of violence after disclosure of HIV status among women, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-09022010-182933/ >


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