“From the social pressure of having to entertain the family with a lack of proper finances to uncontrolled alcohol consumption – all of these elements trigger violence within homes”
The Christmas season is a time for family, friendship, love, joy, peace and renewed hope. Unfortunately, over the years this has not been the case for many in Swaziland. During this time, the rates of sexual, physical and emotional violence tend to escalate.
In this episode, we took the time to speak with one of SWAGAA’s Case Managers, Nomthandazo Ginindza, who highlighted reasons why this behaviour intensifies over the holidays.
“Essentially, domestic violence tends to escalate during this time of year as most people spend their time idling at home. From the social pressure of having to entertain the family with a lack of proper finances to uncontrolled alcohol consumption – all of these elements trigger violence within homes,” she shared.
Disgruntled parents, whose access to their children is cut off before the holidays become “resentful and angry” at this time of year, also making it a dangerous time for estranged partners.
On a closing note, Ginindza emphasized the importance of constructive communication between couples and its long-lasting, positive effects on all relationships.