Perception of domestic violence among rural women in Kuje

Ogadimma Arisukwu, Chisaa Igbolekwu, Tunde Adebisi, Favour Akindele

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Domestic violence has become a global social problem affecting women and girls across different socio-demographics and culture. Often times a greater attention is paid to the experiences of urban women and girls to the detriment of their counter parts in rural areas who constituted major victims. The study explored the experiences, awareness and perception of domestic violence among rural women in Kuje, Nigeria. A total of 130 respondents were selected using stratified and simple random sampling technique. In-depth interview was conducted on 13 women and market leaders across Kuje. The findings revealed that 43.8% of the respondents fall within 30 years and above age bracket, 26.9% had non-formal education, 67.7% were Christians, while 56.2 % were married A total of 97.7% of the respondents were aware of domestic violence, while 43.8% linked domestic violence to early marriage. There is a significant relationship between level of education and perception of what constituted domestic violence among the respondents. Qualitative data revealed that culture and family affected expectations and treatment of women in rural Nigeria. The study concluded that domestic violence affects women and girl child negatively, and recommended that a more vigorous advocacy campaign against it should be intensified through mass media, family, community and religious leaders. Government should intensify efforts on free and compulsory education to empower the populace and reduce poverty among families. Domestic violence; Rural women; Poverty; Early marriage; Culture; Socialization; Empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere06303
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Early online date19 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 28 Feb 2021

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  • Community participation
  • Culture
  • Domestic violence
  • Early marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Poverty
  • Rural women
  • Socialization


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