Assessing Economic Burden and Determinants of Violence among Households in Ogun State

Assessing Economic Burden and Determinants of Violence among Households in Ogun State

Author by Dr. Daniel Babalola

Journal/Publisher: Iosr Journal Of Humanities And Social Science (iosr-jhss)

Volume/Edition: 19

Language: English

Pages: 62 - 68

Abstract

The paper examined the incidence, economic burden and determinants of domestic violence among households in Odogbolu community of Ogun state. Primary data were collected from 80 respondents purposively selected. Data collected were analyzed using the descriptive statistics. Results showed that mean age of the respondents was 35, mean years of educational was 8 years and average household size was 6. Some 67% of the respondents earned above N20,000 per month, 45% have experienced one form of domestic violence or the other. Further results showed that domestic violence exists among households in the study area. In-law’s influence, extra marital affairs, polygamy, poor education and alcohol/substance use were the major determinants domestic violence. Economic burden of domestic violence among respondents included cost of treatment of injured victims and loss of work output. The majority (53%) of the households with incidence of violence were farming households.  Interventions of spiritual/traditional leaders (67%), counselors/social workers (63%) are foremost in respondents’ coping strategies for domestic violence. The study recommends community-based efforts encouraging women economic empowerment to reduce poverty and food insecurity and fostering unity of the nuclear family and discouraging unhealthy interference of extended family members in the affairs of the household.


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