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Help after IPV experience, how much help do victims seek? Evidence from NDHS 2018
Authors: Olayide Olabumuyi, Obioma Uchendu, and Olawale Awosika
Source: International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 50, Issue Supplement 1; DOI:
Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Africa
Published: SEP 2021
Abstract: Background: Poor reporting and help seeking has contributed to the burden of IPV. However, identified barriers to IPV help-seeking include social, economic and cultural factors. This study assessed the pattern and factors associated with help-seeking by women who experienced IPV in Nigeria. Methods: Complex sample analysis of 2,033 women of reproductive age who had ever experienced IPV from the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), was done to determine social, economic and cultural factors that predict IPV help-seeking among these women. Results: Mean age of the women was 31.5 ± 7.8 years, a third (33.3%) had sought any form of help, 36.6% had full healthcare and 33.4% had full financial autonomy respectively. Help from partner’s family and women’s family were the most prevalent source of help sought (11.5% & 23.1% respectively). Women = 40 years were 37% less likely to seek help compared to young persons (OR = 0.63; 95% CI = 0.42-0.92). Women with childhood experience of violence had higher odds (42%) of seeking help for IPV than those with no childhood experience (OR = 1.42; 95 % CI = 1.08-1.85). Conclusions: Majority of women experiencing IPV do not seek any form of help. Age and childhood experience of violence are significant predictors for help-seeking by victims of IPV.