Recently, there has been a growing trend in Domestic Violence against women in Nigeria, and in Africa as a whole. Domestic Violence a pattern of abusive behaviour in any relationship used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other partner.
Domestic violence may be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological. This includes behaviours such as, but not limited to, slapping, choking, beating, forced sexual acts, undermining a partner’s sense of self or self-esteem by constant criticism and name-calling etc.
This act is a huge problem here in Nigeria, yet there is insufficient data on it due to the stigma and silence surrounding the issue. Fortunately, there has been several stories of domestic violence making headlines around the country which has brought more awareness to this epidemic.
Violent attacks against a partner can result in broken bones, bruises, partial or total blindness. Ultimately, continued exposure to domestic violence can result to death of the victim.
often times, the scars we don’t see are more damaging than the visible ones. Most victims almost always suffer mental health disorders such as: Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicidal thoughts etc. All these mental disorders makes an individual unstable and unable to function appropriately in day-to- day activities.
In addition, most victims suffer from social isolation because they find it hard to connect with family and friends.