International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation ISSN 2143-5572 Vol. 3 (3), pp. 342-350, March, 2016. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

A Gender-based abuse against married men in Olorunda Local Government of Osun State, Nigeria

Abiodun V. Badamusi1, Oshokugbo K. Ezra1*, and Olabinu E. Richard2

1Community Medicine Department, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria.

2Community Medicine Department, Osun State University, Oshogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: oshoku.ezra@gmail.com

Accepted 9 January, 2016

Abstract

Very little is known about the actual number of men who are in domestic relationship in which they are abused or treated violently by women especially in a developing country like Nigeria. Globally, at least one in six men has experienced some form of gender-based abuse during his lifetime. Men and boys who have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence suffer a range of health problem, often in silence. This study aims to determine the perception, existence and experience of domestic violence against men among married men in Olorunda Local Government Area, Osun state. It was a descriptive cross-sectional survey with 211 married men selected by multi-stage sampling technique using semi-structured questionnaire. Only 16 (7.6%) have ever heard about the term “Violence against Men” while 109 (51.7%) have heard of the term “Violence against Women”. Verbal abuse is the commonest form (82%), though physical and sexual forms were also present. About a third experienced intolerable form of violence, more than 60% did not report the incident. Polygamy, educational status and consumption of alcohol by either or both partners were significant determinants of behaviour. Public enlightenment as well as advocacy by governmental and non-governmental organizations is a necessary strategy to improve report and control this menace in the society.

Key words: Violence, men, married, gender-based, abuse.