Intimate Partner Violence Correlates and Coping Strategies: A Qualitative Inquiry Among Ijesa of South-West Nigeria

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Adebayo Olukunle Ajala

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) remains a global public health concern. Nonetheless, understanding the issues of IPV among the Ijesa remained scarce in Nigeria. The paper, therefore, investigated the types, factors and coping strategies adopted by victims of Intimate partner violence. The paper made use of qualitative data (6 FGDs and 3 IDIs) from a study on Intimate Partner Violence and reproductive health consequences, which was carried out in six local government areas in Ijesaland of Osun State. Data were analysed using content analysis. The response of the participants indicated that the incidence of intimate partner violence is not new in Ijesaland and that physical, verbal/psychological, and sexual violence are types of intimate partner violence experienced by women. Immaturity, infertility, inadequate child caring, use of psychoactive substance like alcohol, household living arrangement, knowledge of spousal extramarital affairs, witnessing inter-generational violence, issues of sexual intercourse, gender role expectations/power play, monetary and meal preparation issues are some of the factors driving IPV. Endurance is the main coping strategy because there is the belief that the incidence of IPV will cease one day, while other take solace in their religious beliefs and separation is regarded as last resort. Some of the mechanisms for conflict resolution includes intervention by third parties such as parents, traditional/community, and religious leaders. It was recommended that there is the need to have effective enlightenment and education programmes at the individual, community, and societal levels much before young people enter marriage to ensure a reduction in the incidence of IPV.

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Ajala, A. O. (2017). Intimate Partner Violence Correlates and Coping Strategies: A Qualitative Inquiry Among Ijesa of South-West Nigeria. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 4(23). https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.423.3916
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