ABSTRACT The literature and research on domestic violence against women have
received increased attention in the 1980's and 1990's, but research on wife beating/battering
is still sparse. This paper reports from a research project in Nairobi that focused on the legal
experiences of battered women and their perceptions of the violence. Findings reveal that the
problem of battering is rampant and most battered women do not seek legal intervention. It
was also found that a majority of the women remained in intimate relationships with their
batterers due to economic dependence on the batterers and lack of alternatives outside the
Key Words: Domestic violence; Legal Experiences; Nairobi; Kenya.