- A majority (58%) of Nigerians say violence against women is “not very common” or “not at all common” in their community, but 41% of citizens disagree (Figure 1).
- About eight in 10 Nigerians (79%) say it is “never justified” for a man to physically discipline his wife (Figure 2).
- Almost half (47%) of respondents consider it “somewhat likely” (28%) or “very likely” (19%) that a woman will be criticised, harassed, or shamed if she reports an incident of GBV to the authorities. Far fewer (24%) say this is “very unlikely” (Figure 3).
- But most respondents (79%) believe that the police are likely to take cases of GBV seriously (Figure 4).
- More than two-thirds (68%) of Nigerians say domestic violence should be treated as a private matter to be resolved within the family rather than as a criminal matter that involves law enforcement agencies (Figure 5).
More than three-fourths of Nigerians say it is never justified for a man to physically discipline his wife, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.
But most citizens consider domestic violence a private matter to be resolved within the family rather than as a criminal matter that involves law enforcement agencies.
A majority of Nigerians say that violence against women and girls is not very common in their communities and that the police are likely to take cases of gender-based violence (GBV) seriously.
But about half of respondents say women who report such violence to the police are likely to be criticised, harassed, and shamed.