Women’s Use of Intimate Partner Violence against Men in Ondo State, Nigeria: The Need for Social Work Intervention

Alkauthar Seun Enakele

Alkauthar Seun Enakele is a student of the doctoral study programme of Social Work and Social Policy at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. In his PhD thesis, he focuses on domestic violence against men in Nigeria. His work experience is in the areas of social work and intimate partner violence and child protection. His research interests are in domestic violence against men and women, child abuse, and interpersonal violence.

OBJECTIVES: This study aims to address relevant factors influencing the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) occurrences against men in Ondo State of Nigeria. Drawing the baseline from the patriarchal cultural standpoint in which social workers have a vital role in addressing these factors and profound interventions for the male victims. THEORETICAL BASE: The theoretical approach uses the multidimensional theory of IPV, which is conversant with Integrative Structural model of violence, which is more contextual and covers more causes of IPV than one-dimensional approaches. METHODS: A Phenomenological approach identifies the factors triggering intimate partner violence (IPV) against men through a qualitative case study method. Data was gathered by conducting semi-structured interviews with ten (10) men who have experienced violence from their female partners through purposive sampling, and data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). OUTCOMES: The findings led to the discoveries of factors that facilitate women’s aggression against men: Financial inconsistency in a relationship, Power imbalance in a relationship, and conflicts over infidelity in a relationship. SOCIAL WORK IMPLICATIONS: The study recommends that social workers not assess physical violence only but all types of abuses that women perpetrate and the factors that trigger their partners’ aggression.

intimate partner violence, women aggression, men’s victims, social work intervention, structural integrative model of violence

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