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Violence Against Women as a Factor in Unmet Need for Contraception in Southwest Nigeria

NCJ Number
Journal of Family Violence Volume: 25 Issue: 2 Dated: February 2010 Pages: 123-130
Peter Olasupo Ogunjuyigbe; Ambrose Akinlo; Gbolahan O. Oni
Date Published
February 2010
8 pages
This study examined the relationship between violence against women and the unmet need for contraception in Southwest Nigeria.
Evidence abounds that the relatively low patronage of family planning services in Nigeria is not simply as a result of the people being resolutely pronatalist. Available statistics indicate that some women are not using contraceptive despite their stated desires to limit or space births and as much as 62 percent of women with unmet need in Nigeria do not intend to use contraceptive. The paper examines the significance of violence against women in relation to unmet need for contraception. The study utilizes data obtained from a survey which took place in 2004 in six different locations (three rural and three urban) drawn from two of the six Southwestern States, Nigeria. Our findings indicate that domestic violence was not a strong factor influencing contraceptive use and unmet need in the area as spousal opposition was not cited as their reason by any of the women who were not using contraceptives. Figure, tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)