Economic insecurity, other factors make some Nigerian women endure abusive partners


Nigeria’s National Population Commission estimates women’s lifetime exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) from their partner at 19 per cent for emotional, 14 per cent for physical, and five per cent for sexual IPV.

When Damilola (not real name) met her husband, Israel Alake, in 2018 during a church service at Victoria Island, Lagos, she had hesitated about his proposal.

Apart from being only 21, she was still an apprentice at a make-up training centre in the same VI. “I was afraid of being rushed into marriage by him because he was already 36 at the time,” she told PREMIUM TIMES.