Physical Spousal Violence against Women and their Well-Being in Owerri Metropolis Imo State, Nigeria

Uchechukwu A. Nwobi1David C. Nwogbo2 & Okeke, O. Kaycee3

1&2Department of Public Administration, National Open University of Nigeria

3Social Sciences Unit, School of General Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Corresponding Author’s E-mail: ucheanwobi@gmail.com

Abstract

The incessant scourge of physical spousal violence against women in Nigeria such as; biting, shoving, throwing, grabbing, choking and use of weapons among others have increased drastically, constituting great challenges to women’s well-being despite a plethora of legal and regulatory mechanisms proscribing all kinds of violence in Nigeria. Specifically, the study aimed to ascertain the extent to which physical spousal violence against women worsened their well-being in Owerri metropolis Imo state, Nigeria.To effectuate the objective of the study, the study adopted a survey research. A multi stage sampling technique was used to select 108 women from the three local government areas in Owerri metropolis. The instrument used to generate primary data was a self-administered questionnaire while the secondary data was largely adopted from journals, textbooks, newspapers, web pages and government publications. Four point Likert scale, mean scores and percentages of the responses were employed. Feminist theory was used as the theoretical umbrella for this discourse. The study revealed that physical spousal violence against women to a very high extent has significantly worsened their well-being on healthcare, feeding, risk of training their children, homelessness, childcare, and deprivation of liberty, safety of lives, lost work, and self-esteem among others. The study recommended for housing and welfare policies for violated women, empowerment of women through microfinance and skill training, childcare support services via social security among others

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