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Does Type and Severity of Violence Affect the Help-Seeking Behaviors of Victims of Intimate Partner Violence in Nigeria?
Authors: Eric Y. Tenkorang, Alice P. Sedziafa, and Adobea Y. Owusu
Source: Journal of Family Issues, 38(14): 2026-2046; DOI:
Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Africa
Published: JUN 2016
Abstract: Using data from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (N = 6,013) and applying multinomial logit models, we examined whether type and severity of intimate partner violence (IPV) influence victims’ help-seeking behaviors. Results showed that about 65% of women did not seek help after experiencing IPV. However, most women who sought help did so from informal sources only (31.3%), compared with formal sources (1.9%). Type and severity of violence were significant predictors of the help-seeking behaviors of Nigerian women. Women who experienced severe forms of physical and emotional violence were more likely to seek help from formal and informal support services, than not seeking help. Sexual violence was not a significant predictor of women’s help-seeking behaviors. It is important to educate women on the relevance of seeking help, especially from formal support services after experiencing IPV. Keywords Nigeria, IPV, help-seeking behaviors, women, support services