Journal of Undergraduate Research


domestic violence, Senegal, gender-based violence, translation, global audience




French and Italian


The United States Department of Justice defines domestic violence as, “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner,” and goes on to say that it affects “people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.” Those affected include but are not limited to, “family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses and the community at large1.” The purpose of our project was to translate a 2013 study entitled Gender-based violence in Senegal: Prevention as an alternative to the perils of justice and security. It was originally conducted by Dr. Fatou Diop Sall and her research group, GESTES (an acronym for “Research Group in Gender and Society”), at the Université Gaston Berger in Saint Louis, Senegal. Ultimately, translating this research from French to English not only allows awareness of modern domestic violence in West Africa to spread to an English-speaking audience, but potentially leads to social and policy changes that could diminish domestic violence worldwide.