This research study aimed to understand the lived experiences of female victims of domestic violence. This research used the Husserl Phenomenological School of thought in order to go about the process of understanding the phenomenon. This involved using Collaizi's method of data analysis in order to interpret the results. The seven informants included were victims of domestic violence, married, with age ranging from 22-42 years old. Data was collected through face to face interview. Interviews were conducted until data saturation was achieved. The informants were approached again for validation of research findings, as specified in our research methodology.
Five essential themes emerged: (1) Dark Skies, (2) Holding On, (3) Silver Lining of the Storm Cloud (4) Tear in the Family, and (5) Reclaiming Myself. The first theme discusses the female informants' emotions in the early stages of the abuse as well as towards the phenomenon itself. The female respondents of the study experienced a vast gulf of emotions during their time experiencing domestic violence. The second essential theme attempts to show why the women stayed in the relationship for so long. It has 2 subthemes: Welfare of the Children, and Shame. The third essential theme is Silver Lining of the Storm Cloud and illustrates how these women chose to see the best even when the situation seemed hopeless. The victims chose to justify the perpetrators' actions or make excuses for their behavior. Almost all chose to keep a little piece of hope that their husband would return to the man they fell in love with in the first place. The fourth essential theme, Tear in the Family, focuses on things that caused a rift between the husband and wife. And finally, Reclaiming Myself, talks about how the informants broke free from the abusive relationship, improved themselves and eventually obtained independence.
The researchers concluded that despite all the challenges these women faced, all of the women were eventually able to conquer their fear of letting go and break free from their abusive marriages. The informants can now support themselves and are no longer dependent on their former husbands.