|Institution:||Bindura University of Science Education|
|Keywords:||Domestic violence, violence, youth, Covid-19.|
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The study investigated domestic violence experiences of the youth during the covid-19 lockdown in Mt Hampden. The major aim of the study was to investigate and tap the experiences of the youth on domestic violence during emergencies in the community of Mt Hampden. The study utilized the phenomenology research design. The research was qualitative in nature and employed in-depth interviews for the purpose of data collection. A sample size of 25 respondents was drawn from the target population and was used to collect relevant data to the study. The study was underpinned by the social learning theory. The study found out that the youths experienced domestic violence during the lockdown period and cited that such factors as financial challenges, substance abuse, insecurities, patriarchal nature of the society, lack of entertainment and protecting my marriage’’, “maintaining my status” culture of victims as causing domestic violence during the covid-19 lockdown by the youths in Mt Hampden. The study also revealed that the youths experienced psychosocial effects such as physical injuries, health issues, marriage breakups, burden of single parenting, isolation and hopelessness. The study also revealed that mechanisms such as to make counselling services available, community mobilization programs and establishment of safe environments in the society were resorted to be helpful to youth victims of domestic violence. The recommends members of community to take action whenever they come across issues of domestic violence and organizations should sensitize community leaders on domestic violence.