Costs of gender-based violence to Nigerian households: the tip of an iceberg

Olayanju, L, Naguib, R, Amin, S, Nguyen, Q, Kayode, O, Chinnaswamy, A and Apena, W 2015, 'Costs of gender-based violence to Nigerian households: the tip of an iceberg', in Proceedings of the International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, Manila, Philippines, 29 September - 1 October 2015, pp. 1-8.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Costs of gender-based violence to Nigerian households: the tip of an iceberg
Author(s) Olayanju, L
Naguib, R
Amin, S
Nguyen, Q
Kayode, O
Chinnaswamy, A
Apena, W
Year 2015
Conference name Project Einstein 2015: International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
Conference location Manila, Philippines
Conference dates 29 September - 1 October 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity
Publisher De La Salle University
Place of publication Manila, Philippines
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Abstract With a prevalence rate as high as 80%, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) (a form of Gender-Based Violence - GBV) ravages communities in the developing world, not only by having harmful health impacts on victims (mostly women), but also by imposing financial burdens on the already impoverished populations of such countries. However, for relevant stakeholders to act and prevent this malaise there is a need to have better understanding of the costs it imposes on societies. This will help appropriate the right level of resources needed to address the problem. Nevertheless, most developing countries, especially those in Africa, are yet to robustly explore these financial impacts. To contribute towards bridging this chasm in knowledge, this study uses a cross-sectional population-based survey to explore the costs of IPV in one African developing country, Nigeria, via a bottom-up approach (i.e., estimating costs across households). The resultant findings indicate that IPV is a major drain on household finances, and highlight the need for an urgent preventive action on IPV, so as to save lives and safeguard people (both current and future generations) against poverty, in addition to reducing all other debilitating health, psychological and social effects resulting from it.
Subjects Gender Specific Studies
Keyword(s) Intimate Partner Violence
Violence Against Women
Social Science
Cost Analysis
Developing Country
ISSN 2467-785X
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