BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS
Gender-based or domestic violence is, linked to gendered power relations and constructions of masculinities, Greig (2013). According to Roders (2013) Gender-based violence includes intimate-partner violence and child abuse inside the home as well as sexual abuse in the public arena. Domestic violence is a widespread societal problem with consequences reaching far beyond the Family Domestic violence goes by many names: wife abuse, marital assault, woman battery, spouse abuse, wife beating, conjugal violence, intimate violence, battering, partner abuse, and so forth. Omoyibo and Akpomera (2012) avowed that security in Nigeria is synonymous to an individual who put iron bars across his or her windows which eventually prevents the individual from escaping a fire outbreak. The contemporary Nigerian societies and communities across country are clearly showing the presence and practiced of different concepts and forms of insecurity. From various conflict areas such as Northeast and Delta Niger where The Boko Haram insurgency activities taken place, and conflict against oil companies respectively, issues of poverty and imbalance and other structural challenges facing Nigerian leaders and intellectuals today. Therefore, insecurity dilemma is still needs more targeting and addressing by concern bodies to solve fundamental problems related to it and lets nation feel secure. It is against this backdrop that the study, domestic violence and insecurity in selected communities in Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt L.G.A is examined.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The major aim of the study is to examine the domestic violence and insecurity in Nigeria. Other specific objectives of the study include;
- To examine the forms and drivers of domestic violence in the Obio- Akpor and Port Harcourt L.G.As
- To examine causes and consequences of insecurity and domestic violence in River state.
- To examine the effects of domestic violence and insecurity on women in Rivers state
- To examine the relationship between domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state.
- To examine the management of domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state.
- What are the forms and drivers of domestic violence in the Obio- Akpor and Port Harcourt L.G.As?
- What are the causes and consequences of insecurity and domestic violence in Rivers state?
- What are the effects of domestic violence and insecurity on women of Rivers state?
- What is the relationship between domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state?
- How is the management of domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state?
- There is no significant effect of domestic violence and insecurity on women of Rivers state.
H1: There is a significant effect of domestic violence and insecurity on women of Rivers state.
- There is no significant relationship between domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state.
H1: There is a significant relationship between domestic violence and insecurity in Rivers state
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study has some inherent potential benefits; it will help the Nigerian government to identify and understand domestic violence and insecurity problems in Nigeria. Research findings like this will whip up public momentum and provide the basis to hold policy owners to their policy promises. It is hoped that the research findings will add to existing literature on domestic violence and insecurity. The outcome of this study will be a relevant academic material for policy makers, students of research and civil society organizations. Moreover, the study will add to existing knowledge and the same time serve as a future reference material that will guide other researches who may venture into the same area of study.
SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The study is restricted to domestic violence and insecurity in selected communities in Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt L.G.A of River state
LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
Financial constraint: Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview)
Time constraint: The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviours, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.
Insecurity: Insecurity is a feeling of uncertainty, a lack of confidence or anxiety about oneself. Beland (2015) defined insecurity as “the state of fear or anxiety stemming from a concrete or alleged lack of protection.” Some of the common descriptors of insecurity include: want of safety; danger; hazard; uncertainty; want of confidence; doubtful; inadequately guarded or protected; lacking stability; troubled; lack of protection; and unsafe, to mention a few.
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Omoyibo, K. U. and Akpomera, E. (2012). “Insecurity Mantra: The Paradox of Nigerian Growth and Development”. European Scientific Journal 8(15), 132-142
Roders, D (2013) Living in the Shadow of Death Violence Pandillas and scial Disintegration.
UNDP (2015). “Human Development Report”. New York: Oxford University press
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