Most investigations on domestic violence in family relationships have centered around men as the perpetrators of violence without exploring the context of violence occurrence from a gender lens and other social factors. This study explored the meanings associated with family violence, the contexts for its occurrence, and the indigenous approaches to managing such conflicts among the Yoruba ethnic subgroup in southwest Nigeria. This was an exploratory cross-sectional study guided by an interpretative constructivist approach in which 20 community stakeholders were recruited through purposive sampling. The data were collected via in-depth interview (IDI) and focus group discussion (FGD). Findings from the study showed that both men and women in family relationship contribute to the occurrence of family violence, although the forms perpetrated differ by gender. Religious leaders were identified as key indigenous structure for effective management of family violence among other indigenous structures (extended family mediation and community/royal father interventions). The study showed that these groups of people are also affected by societal male dominance belief which has contributed to occurrence of family violence. The study concluded that an indigenous intervention that will help control family violence among this group must focus on strengthening community structures; most importantly, the religious institutions on how to instill mutual respect among couples and train them on conflict resolution skills as family violence in the group is seen as issue that should not be taken out of the community structures.
intimate relationship, violence, gender, qualitative study, indigenous intervention
The authors wish to express sincere gratitude to NMCN-MCPDP Southwest zone Committee for providing financial support for the data collection and analysis. Prof. Omolola Irinoye, of the Department of Nursing Science, Obafemi Awolowo University is acknowledged for assisting with the review of the concept note and the instruments used for the study.
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Ogunlade, O. B., Olowokere, A. E., Agunbiade, O. M., Olajubu, A. O., Oyelade, O. O., & Irinoye, O. O. (2023). Context and Indigenous Structures for Managing Family Violence in a Yoruba Community. The Qualitative Report, 28(1), 177-199. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5310