© African Journal Of Reproductive Health . 2011. Vol. 15 No. 4
Publisher: Womens Health and Action Research Centre (wharc)
Factors Influencing Gender Based Violence Among Men and Women In Selected States In Nigeria
Oladepo O., Yusuf O. B., Arulogun O. S.
KEYWORDS: Physical violence, Sexual violence, Nigeria
ABSTRACT:This study determined the factors associated with gender based violence among 3000 men and women in selected states in Nigeria. Respondents who had experienced physical violence were 806(26.9%), comprising 353(11.8%) males and 453(15.1%) females (p<0.001). Respondents who had experienced sexual violence were 364 (12.1%) of which 221 (7.4%) were males and 143(4.8%) were females (p<0.0001). Married female respondents were more likely to experience physical violence than single respondents (OR= 1.71, 95%CI: 1.15-2.53 p=0.008). In addition, lower risk of experiencing sexual violence among males was observed among those who do not drink alcohol. The study has shown that gender based violence still constitutes a problem in Nigeria, affecting women more than men. However, efforts should be geared towards addressing the factors that promote violence among both sexes through increased awareness and education
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