Boxing is likely returning to prominence in Nigeria. But the worry is that the wannabe boxers attracting news mentions nowadays prefer the wrong opponents or sparring partners. They are men and women who perpetrate violence against their spouses and partners. The rise of domestic violence in Nigerian society is nearing an epidemic, but the scale, apparently, is heavier on the side of the men. It is a scourge with multiple triggers and manifest in various ways, especially physical abuse. Other reasons known to cause domestic violence can be emotional, or psychological problem, as well as financial hardship.
Domestic violence can also be the consequence of traumatic childhood experience, cultural, religious and other social beliefs.
Segun Shele, a business consultant, said domestic violence begins with a couple not understanding their roles
A business man,Olufemi Shogunle, added that the current economic crisis facing the country has contributed immensely to the issue of domestic violence. He said when men are frustrated with the way the country is, they tend to blame their incapacity to their closest person to them, which in most cases is their spouse.
A teacher, Bukola Oladeji said the Nigerian society has encouraged the growing menace of domestic violence.
She said the society has taught that being beaten is a way of being corrected and as such, it’s promoted as a vital part of marriage experience.
Newsbreak.Ng sought opinions of Nigerians as a way of understanding the menace.
Godstime Okereke, a retired soldier, said both male and female could be victims of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence generally is wrong. Most of its causes can be traced to depression. The present economic situation and insincerity in the marriage or relationship is also a cause, “Okereke stated. Claiming to have been married for 33 years, Okereke added women who also beat men obviously grew up in abusive homes, where they are brought up to believe beating their male counterparts as kids or adolescent are acts in self-defence.
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