Domestic violence is characterized by patterns of behavior which involve the abuse by one person against another who are in an intimate relationship, marriage, cohabitation, or within a family. Within this set up forms of violence include physical, emotional, verbal, economic and sexual abuse.

In Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu County of Kenya, like in many other communities the various forms of domestic violence are ram-pant mainly among couples. According to Beatrice Kimani, a resident of this area, who is a trained teacher and counselor, wife battering is quite a common occurrence despite efforts to create awareness on the health effects and socio-economic burdens this act has on the individual and the whole family.

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