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Title:Incidence of Physical Spouse Abuse in Nigeria: A Pilot Study
Author:Okereke, Godpower O.ISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:18
Issue:2
Pages:39-51
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:violence
spouses
assault and battery
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
sociology
Family violence
social problems
Violence against women
Abstract:Based on informal/unstructured interviews with 50 women and 34 men in southeastern Nigeria, this exploratory study of the incidence of physical spouse abuse reveals that women are the primary victims. The study further reveals that early marriages, length of marriage, number and ages of children, size of household, amount of household income and the reluctance of the police to intervene in familial affairs affect the incidence of spouce abuse in Nigeria. Based on these findings, the author suggests that laws making all forms of domestic violence a crime be passed, victims be encouraged to take legal actions against perpetrators, and that the criminal justice system arrests, prosecutes, and punishes violators. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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