Some Social Variables In Domestic Violence In A Nigerian Population

  • A N Gyuse
  • S O Odeh
  • A P Ushie
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Spouses, Age, Education, Occupation


Background:Domestic violence is any intentional abuse of a family member mostly women by a partner which causes pain or injury. It is a growing phenomenon and is affected by several social variables. In pregnancy, domestic violence causes adverse pregnancy outcomes and other reproductive health consequences to women and children.Unfortunately, the problem is underreported. Aims:The study is undertaken to assess social variables that may influence domestic violence in our locality. Methods:The subjects analysed here consisted of 215 women attending antenatal clinic who were found to be experiencing domestic violence. The modified Abuse Assessment Screen (AAS) developed by McFarlane was used. Results:The results show that the uneducated were relatively less abused and the unemployed least abused. Education and social statues directly affect the tendency/chances to abuse or to be abused.

Keywords: Domestic Violence, Spouses, Age, Education, Occupation

Highland Medical Research Journal Vol. 5 (2) 2007 pp. 60-64

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