Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 4, No. 1, 2006
Pages 60-75

DOI: 10.36108/ijss/6002.40.0150

Domestic Violence against Women in Nigeria: An investigation in Delta and Edo states

Aderinto, A.A., Nwokocha, E.E.,  Bankole, A.O. and Obemeata, A.A.

Departnent of Sociology, University of Ibadan


This paper presents the results of a study conducted among middle and upper class women in Delta and Edo States of Nigeria. It probes into the nature, determinants and economic and cultural contexts of domestic violence against women. Data were collected through triangulation of in-depth interviews (IDIs}, case studies and survey. A sample size of seven hundred and fifty-four respondents was selected for the survey. The results indicate that although physical abuse is not very common in the two States, a sizeable proportion of women are victims of domestic violence in various manifestations, including sexual, psychological and economic violence. The results also show that although men subordinate women to maintain their socially-constructed superiority, the latter for various reasons, prefer adjusting fo the status quo to deserting their homes. To contain the incidence of domestic violence against women, the use of formal and informal channels of education to reorientate the populace is strongly suggested. This will help to ensure attitudinal and behavioural change towards women subjugation, as well as help the women folk realize their inherent potential. In addition, there is need for policies that will genuinely protect women against violence and those that will empower law enforcement agents to take serious disciplinary measures against the perpetrators of this crime.
Keywords: Women, violence, sex, abuse and income


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