This Punch Newspaper report (previewed/linked below), is one of only a handful of instances in which the serious – but largely ignored – problem of Domestic Violence Against Men (DVAM) is acknowledged, and discussed, by competent expert authorities
I will continue to take action to create awareness both on the web (via this blog as well as my Facebook Page) and off the web, using flyers, my newsletter and talks I give to audiences that invite me – about the need for concerted efforts to be made to protect the rights of men, against abuse by their intimate female partners in the Nigerian social space.
As the Punch report notes, too many of them are suffering in silence. I strongly believe THAT has potentially dangerous consequences for society!
(Apart from infidelity, other)…reasons why men have been at the receiving ends of domestic violence in recent times (have been given as) the increasingly popular fad of female chauvinism, poverty, declining value of the extended family system and reluctance of the male victims to speak out due to associated stigma.
Respondents, among who were clinical psychologists, sociologists, rights activists and clerics, told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews that concerted action must be taken to stem the menace.
A psychologist, Mr. Segun Adeoye, said the rising cases of domestic violence could be attributed to “the culture of silence among victims.”
“The reason why most people believe that men are not abused is because they hardly speak out like women do.
“This boils down to the societal belief that men should be stronger and cannot be victims of such, but it happens.