Intimate Partner Violence among Older Nigerian Adults

  • MI Ojeahere Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria
  • GC Piwuna Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau state, Nigeria.
  • AG Babalola Synapse services, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • TM Agbir Department of Psychiatry, Benue state University Teaching Hospital, Markudi, Benue state, Nigeria
Keywords: Intimate partner violence (IPV), Older adults, Prevalence, Review


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a phenomenon which is not peculiar to any culture or ethnic group. It cuts across races, gender, socioeconomic status, educational attainment and religious inclinations across the world. IPV can affect both the physical and psychological well-being of an individual with serious consequences. Hence, it has been identified as an area of public health concern, especially among women. Although most research on IPV has focused on the female, of note is that males also experience violence from their spouses or partners. However, IPV is particularly worrisome in the elderly because of the challenges associated with the aging process such as frailty, multiple pathologies and the losses (such as bereavement, mobility and financial uncertainties) associated with advancing age. This article aims to review studies on the prevalence of IPV among aging adults in Nigeria and to bring to light the neglect the aging population faces especially in the area of research especially, as there exists a gap of knowledge on IPV among aging older Nigerian adults. This review identified that in spite of the increasing prevalence of IPV worldwide; it is still a poorly studied subject in the older adults.


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Ojeahere , M., Piwuna, G., Babalola , A., & Agbir , T. (2019). Intimate Partner Violence among Older Nigerian Adults. JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN BASIC AND CLINICAL SCIENCES, 1(4), 207-213. Retrieved from