DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ANAMBRA STATE: IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The study investigated the causes of domestic violence against wives by husbands in Anambra State of Nigeria. Two research questions and one null hypothesis guided the study. The sample comprised 936 members of the executives of town unions (468 males and 468 females). The instrument used in collecting data was the questionnaire. Data collected were analysed using the mean, standard deviation and the Z-test statistics. Results showed that the things that wives do that make their husbands to abuse them physically include: nagging of husband, taunting/mocking of husband, denial of conjugal right to husband, infidelity, disobedience/stubbornness, keeping late nights, not telling husband about her going-out and coming-in, habitual late night cooking, improper care of children, laziness, excessive arguments, leaking out family secrets, castigating husband in public, too much secrecy, disrespecting husband's relatives, and denying husband food because he did not bring money for food. Results also showed that all the strategies listed as solutions to the problem attracted positive reactions. The null hypothesis revealed a significant difference in the opinions of male and female members of the executives of town unions on the strategies for controlling physical violence by husbands against wives in favour of the females. The implications of the study for sustainable development goals were highlighted. Recommendations are then made among which are: that husbands and wives should adopt positive strategies for coping with their differences and peculiarities; and the federal government should begin to enforce the Violation Against Persons (VAP) Act 2015, in order to protect victims of physical violence and deter offenders.
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