Alcohol-serving venues in South Africa as sites of risk and potential protection for violence against women.
This qualitative study explores alcohol-serving venues as sites of risk or protection from violence against women (VAW) in one South African community. In 2010, we conducted in-depth interviews with 31 female patrons, 13 male patrons and 11 venue staff, and conducted structured observations in six alcohol venues. VAW was a common experience and venues contributed to risk through aggression, negative attitudes toward women, risks leaving the venues, and owners tolerating VAW. Concurrently, venues offered potential to avoid VAW through perceived safety and owner protection. Results highlight the influence of the venue environment and importance of addressing the setting of alcohol consumption.
Watt, MH; Aunon, FM; Skinner, D; Sikkema, KJ; Macfarlane, JC; Pieterse, D; Kalichman, SC
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