Intimate Partner Violence in Uganda is flaring high, with very little effort being made to control its prevalence.
Dr. David Basangwa the Deputy Director, Butabika mental hospital, explains that Intimate Partner Violence exists between people in a close relationship.
Dr. Basangwa explains that compared to Domestic Violence where the victims are perceived to be staying under one roof, Intimate Partner Violence occurs even when the partners are living seperately.
Some of the recent incident include the gruesome murder of Maj. Gen. James Kazini by his girl freind, Lydia Draru.
Dr. Basangwa explains that the causes of Intimate partner violence are poverty, power and impoverishment.
Intimate Partner Violence could also be associated with psychotic illness which causes distortion of thinking and perception.
The incidence of Intimate Partner Violence is highest in post conflict situations.
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Dr. Basangwa says alcoholism and drug abuse act as catalysts, because they contribute to loss of judgment.
Dr. Basangwa such violence could be orchestrated by mental illness, which forces one partner to react angrily.
Dr. Basangwa says that perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence could be sick. He says that though police helps such partners to settle their issues, the perpetrators need to be referred to hospital for examination, counseling or medical intervention if this kind of violence re-occurs.
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He says some of the solutions should be good upbringing, good living conditions, employment; people need to have structured lifestyles and control of alcohol abuse.
Dr. Basangwa, recommends that because of the increasing cases of Intimate Partner Violence there should research conducted on this phenomenon.