There has been an unprecedented rise in domestic violence cases in Zimbabwe. This has impelled the government to formulate and implement reactive laws to address the menace. One such instance has been the crafting of the Zimbabwe Domestic Violence Act (DVA) of 2007. Despite the promise of such Acts, the results lag behind any measure of satisfactory as the implementation has been greatly shaky and half hearted. This study examined the extent of effectiveness of the DVA as a tool to fight gender based domestic violence. The study was informed by Feminist Criminology which recognises that violations against women should be criminalised since they are perpetuated by asymmetrical gender relation Download
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