ASSESSMENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN NIGERIA: EXAMPLE FROM RURAL ENVIRONMENT

A.M. Tunde, J.O. Okunade, O.P. Omojola

Abstract



This paper examines domestic violence against women in the rural areas of Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Nigeria. It identifies the most common types and perpetrators of violence; identifies major causes of domestic violence; assesses the impact of violence on the well-being and health of women; and highlights the challenges faced by victims of domestic violence in seeking help. A total of 399 respondents were sampled with copies of questionnaire. To complement this, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were organized with men. Findings revealed that 89.2% of the women were 30 years and above, 64.3% married and 53.4% had no formal education. Sexual assault was reported to be the most common assault (x=3.62). Major cause of violence includes intolerance on the part of partners (x=3.52) and males are usually the perpetrators. The impact of domestic violence shows that assaults from domestic violence shape the way a spouse is treated (x=3.41). Some of the men responded that they were both victims and perpetrators. The most difficult challenge is that victims are too ashamed to ask for help. Rural women suffer more in terms of domestic violence in the country; they should therefore be empowered economically and educationally.

Keywords


Domestic; Violence; Gender; Rural; Well-being, Women

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