Study shows rising cases of wives abuse of husbands in Lagos

New doctoral research has revealed that more men are going through various abuses in the hands of their spouses.

The study, which was conducted at the University of Ibadan (UI) was part of findings of a doctoral thesis carried out by Ms Uzoamaka Chukwuma of the Department of Sociology.

The study was conducted at the University of Ibadan (UI) and was part of findings of a doctoral thesis carried out by Ms Chukwuma.

The thesis which was successfully defended in Ibadan on Wednesday, was entitled: ‘Spousal abuse against men in Lagos State, Nigeria’.

According to the researcher, most men do not report the abuse no matter how severe it may be.

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“Men won’t report their ordeal, because they fear stigmatisation from friends and family.

“They usually do not want any third-party interference and because they are still financially dependent on their wives.

“More married men are becoming victims of spousal abuse, but suffer in silence, because the society does not believe men can be victims of spousal abuse, hence, the non-disclosure of such experience for fear of stigmatisation,” she said.

Ms Chukwuma, however, implored the government to do more in prosecuting female perpetrators while centers are created to cater for male victims.

Meanwhile, the study which was supervised by Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, a renowned professor of criminology and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), UI, took its sample population from Kosofe, Lagos Mainland, Agege, Mushin and Ikorodu.

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The researcher further unveiled that some of the abuses suffered by men are emotional abuse, sexual, physical and economic abuses.

She explained that men older than their wives experience more abuse than men younger than their wives.

“Married men, whose wives are not in their first marriage, are two times more likely to experience spousal abuse, while men in polygamous marriage are less likely to be victims of spousal abuse”, she noted.

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