“Drinking Too Much, Fighting Too Much”: The Dual “Disasters” of Intimate Partner Violence and Alcohol Use in South Africa

Emma L. Backe, Edna Bosire, Emily Mendenhall

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Abstract

The intersecting issues of intimate partner violence (IPV) and alcohol abuse in South Africa are often characterized as “disasters.” Ethnographic research among women in Soweto demonstrates the different manifestations of IPV, perceptions of abuse, and coping mechanisms to manage harmful domestic relationships. Findings suggest a consistent relationship between excessive drinking patterns and IPV—most significantly, physical and emotional abuse—while indicating that domestic violence measures should include questions about stress. The authors also argue against pathologizing the relationship between IPV and alcohol abuse, to instead center the structured, sedimented ways that violence within the home has become a “normalized” disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2333
Number of pages22
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume28
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • South Africa
  • alcohol abuse
  • gender-based violence
  • intimate partner violence

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