Domestic violence is not an isolated occurrence, but what is most worrying is the form it now has taken.
"Maybe in the old days, we used to know the beating, shouting, and also stalking. "But now we are seeing a different one, where people are literally using small arms to harm others. Like, they are using guns, they are using knives, stabbing women, or literally using an axe."
men are sometimes driven to commit domestic violence because of the entrenched patriarchal nature in society, in which men regard themselves as decision-makers on behalf of women. "And I think the more women are getting empowered and are beginning to question [some decisions by men], you know, [in a] very honourable way of questioning,". As by statistics show that 53 percent of married women report their current husbands as the perpetrators of the violence they face.
Domestic violence in Malawi is an offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
Legal experts say some women fail to report domestic violence cases largely because of the high illiteracy rate among women, currently at 71 percentage
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violation. As I look to this women should be more empowered by giving them things to be busy all the time and to be very reliable to the family. Not only women girls have been facing a lot of challenges in my country Malawi by being raped. This gives a lot of young girls to stop school either by being afraid to walk long distances in fear of meeting strange men along the way.
Young girls at the age of 5-10 are also being raped either by their step fathers of men in the communities and in the end it’s the children that suffer most because of being infected with strange diseases e.g. HIV/AIDS.