Violence against Women and its Perceived Effects on Children in Badarawa, Kaduna North Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Violence against women is a global epidemic that continues to kill, torture and maim women physically, psychologically, sexually and economically and it also undermines the survival of children in affected homes. This study assessed the prevalence of violence against women and its perceived effects on children in Badarawa, Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State. A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out in December 2016, using pre-tested structured, interviewer-administered questionnaire. A multi-stage sampling technique was used for the selection of the eligible respondents, and the collected data was analysed using SPSS version 21 for windows and results presented in tables and charts. Level of statistical significance was set at <0.05. Almost all (98.8%) of the respondents attested to the occurrence of violence against women in their community. The overall prevalence of psychological, physical and sexual violence was 19.1%, 10% and 7.5% respectively. The psychological violence encountered was in the form of humiliation and insult. About 6% of the respondents have suffered physical violence on the average, with pushing, forced to have sex (sexual violence) and slapping topping the list of physical violence, each having 15.0%, 7.5% and 6.9% respectively. Weight loss 13.2%, poor parental care 16.6%, poor school performance 21.9% and poor sleep at night 5.3% were the perceived effects on children of affected mothers. There is low prevalence of violence against women in Badarawa with wide range of perceived negative effects on the children. There is need for community sensitization and education by traditional rulers, faith based organisations and media among others on the effects of violence on women and its effects on children among others.
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