Domestic Violence and Effective Strategies for Tackling its Consequences on Students’ Educational Aspirations in Kwara State, Nigeria
This is a descriptive study that examined the prevalence of domestic violence and effective strategies for tackling its consequences on students’ educational aspirations in Kwara State, Nigeria. The sample for this study was made up of 200 students and 150 teachers drawn from ten secondary schools which spread across Kwara Central senatorial district, totaling 350 respondents for the study. Data for this study was collected through a questionnaire, two research questions were raised and answered and three research hypotheses were postulated and tested. Findings revealed that the prevalence of domestic violence among couples includes pouring acid on one another, the cutting of the manhood by the wife, stabbing one another, pouring hot water on one another, poisoning one another through food or other means, beating, kicking, and slapping the wife. Findings further revealed that effective strategies for tackling domestic violence in Kwara Central are tolerance, patience, an anti-domestic violence sensitization forum, avoiding third party involvement, and the creation of a guidance and counseling unit. Other strategies include the situation where the husband should be held responsible, extra marital affairs should be avoided, husbands should avoid acquiring many wives with a low income, family interference should be avoided, and couples should learn how to say sorry to each other. These would all help to tackle domestic violence in society. It was recommended that the Government should set up an enlightenment campaign for couples to help eradicate domestic violence. There should also be a punishment for those that violate the rules and regulations of tackling the menace of domestic violence. Religious leaders should intensify efforts to fight against domestic violence in the society at large.
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