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Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence Amongst Women of Reproductive Age in Lagos, Nigeria: Prevalence and Predictors

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 24 Issue: 7 Dated: October 2009 Pages: 517-530
Leah E. Okenwa; Stephen Lawoko; Bjarne Jansson
Date Published
October 2009
14 pages
This study examined the prevalence and predictors of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women in Lagos, Nigeria.
Results of the study indicate that the 1 year prevalence rate of intimate partner violence (IPV) was 29 percent, with significant proportions reporting psychological (23 percent), physical (9 percent), and sexual (8 percent) abuse. Independent predictors of IPV included autonomy and contribution to household expenses. These results have important implications for the prevention of IPV in Lagos, as well as for research implications. With contradiction looming over research on the predictors of IPV in Sub-Saharan Africa, further investigation was necessitated. The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and predictors of IPV among women in Lagos, Nigeria. The study consisted of 934 women, aged 15 to 49 years and conducted at the obstetrics and gynecology department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Tables and references


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