The Effect of Domestic Violence on Women’s Health and Agricultural Activities in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria.
Abstract: The aim of this thesis was to explore the effect of domestic violence against women Health’s and Agricultural Activities in Otukpo Benue State, Nigeria. The sampling techniques adopted for this study is both cluster and purposive sampling in selecting respondents to participate in the study. The study area is divided into four cluster representing the four major districts of the study area. These clusters are namely: - Otukpo, Akpa, Ugboju and Adoka. Consequently, a purposive sampling procedure was carried out across the house hold in all the public centers in the clusters in other to select the perpetrator and the victims of domestic violence for the study. To this effect, 27 respondents were selected from each cluster consisting of 11 men and 16 women. On the total, 44 men and 64 women were drawn across the four major areas in Otukpo local government area. Drawing on administering questionnaires and interviews to 108 respondents. This study employ purposive sampling in selecting respondents because the research is design to study only the victims and the perpetrators of domestic violence for the study. it was found that domestic violence did not only causes serious consequences to the overall health and wellbeing of victims physically, mentally and socially, it also affected agricultural activities and production in the study area. The major effect of domestic violence against women includes psychological or mental health effects, physical health effects and financial consequences and affected agricultural production which results to shortage of food and income. The study help in contributing to knowledge the importance of Women in the Society. The study is also significant because it makes us understand that domestic violence against women health constitutes a major setback to agricultural activities in the Study Area. Based on the findings, this study proposes policy recommendations that will help in monitoring and reducing the ugly act of domestic violence against women in Otukpo Benue State, Nigeria.
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