Trauma and depression connected to male violence, finds study

A study has found that unresolved trauma is a key driver behind male violence, explains Bhekisisa Mail & Guardian Health Editor Mia Malan.

In 2016, Sonke Gender Justice and Wits University’s School of Public Health asked more than 2 600 men from 18 neighbourhoods in Diepsloot to “self-report” their use of violence.

56% percent of the participants, most of them in their late twenties, admitted to having beaten or raped a woman in the 12 months before taking part in the research.

Six out of 10 said they had done so multiple times.

Read: 'How families raise boy children is key to changing rape culture'

85% of the men in the study said they had been abused or neglected as children, Malan explains.

She says unprocessed childhood trauma or adult trauma makes men more likely to abuse women.

The study identified nine factors that make a man more likely to be violent:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Adult Trauma
  • Depression
  • Problem drinking
  • Transactional sex
  • Buying sex
  • Sexual Entitlement
  • Multiple Sexual Partners
  • Controlling behavior

Take a listen to Mia Malan reflect on the findings:


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