Violence Against Women In Nigeria

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INTRODUCTION
`Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women‘s lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence — yet the reality is that too often; it is covered up or tacitly condoned’
- (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 2007).
Domestic violence relates to the general term used in describing form of abuse between people of the same household or within the domestic realm; whether between spouses, siblings, parents and children, partners living together etc. Spousal abuse, on the other hand, can occur in husband-wife relationships, dating relationships, with common law spouses and also in same-sex relationships (Canadian
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In beating their children, parents believe they are instilling discipline in them, much the same way as in husbands beating their wives, who are regarded like children to be predisposed to indiscipline which must be curbed (Aihie, 2009). In a study conducted in Guma and Makurdi Local Government Areas of Benue State, Nigeria shows that domestic violence is a common practice that seems to be accepted by men as normal in order to keep the women under control. Batterers fail to see this as an act worth bringing before the law (Angye, et. al. 2004). Using married male and females residents of Bariga Local Community Development Area as a unit of analysis, the researcher seeks to understand the role socio-cultural factors play in spousal…show more content…
Thus, the theory argues that people model behaviour that they were exposed to as children. By the same token, they state that violence is learned through role models provided by the family either directly or indirectly and reinforced in childhood and continued in adulthood as a coping response to stress or a method of conflict resolution (Mihalic & Elliot cited in Igwe, 2013). The Social learning theory attempts to explain the existence of intergenerational transmission of violence. It is suggested that while children are growing up, they receive feedback from others as regards their own behaviour from which they begin to develop standards of behaviour and seek out models who match their standards (Hyde-Nolan & Juliao, 2012). When a person is raised in a family where he experiences abuse as a child or sees abuse between his or her parents, there is every tendency for that person to be

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