International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Emerging Trend in the Culture of Domestic Violence against Men in Southern Nigeria Barr.
Emmanuel Imuetinyan Obarisiagbon, Ph.D; Mr. Mannie I. Omage

Hitherto domestic violence was seen as one perpetrated by men against women and that men were not in any way victims of domestic violence. Recent studies indicate that intimate partner violence in Nigeria is no longer a rarity but a reality with varying degrees of implications on the individuals and the society at large. The society therefore through the use of both quantitative and qualitative research technique sought to investigate the existence of domestic violence against men and the motives behind their occurrences. Delta and Edo States in Southern Nigeria were chosen as the study area while respondents were randomly selected from the state capitals of Benin and Asaba respectively. With the aid of snowballing sampling method, in-depth interviews were conducted on some respondents. The findings of the study revealed that domestic violence against men exists in Nigeria and the motives range from self-defence, provocation, infidelity, financial hardship and drunkenness. The study therefore suggests that government agencies, civil societies and religious bodies should do more advocacies on its reality and impact on homes and the society while law enforcement agents should be alive to their responsibility.

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