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WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE

In Nigeria, domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. About 28 percent of all women have experienced physical violence since age 15. Women who are divorced, separated, or widowed are far more likely to have experienced physical violence than other women. Forty-two percent of divorced, separated, or widowed women reported experiencing violence since age 15, as compared with 25 percent of women who are married or living together with a partner and 35 percent of never-married women.

Around 7 percent of women age 15-49 reported that they had experienced sexual violence at some time. Women who are divorced, separated, or widowed are more likely to have experienced sexual violence (15 percent) than currently married women (7 percent) and never-married women (8 percent).

Overall, 30 percent of women reported that they had experienced either physical or sexual violence. About one in five women experienced only physical violence, 2 percent experienced only sexual violence, and 6 percent experienced both physical and sexual violence. There is not substantial variation in the experience of different forms of violence by age.

The states are ranked by the percentage of women who have reported either experiencing physical or sexual violence.
2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING VIOLENCE



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE*
#1


5,725,807
2.1%
#2


2,138,995
2.6%
#3


1,910,050
3.1%
#4


3,695,066
3.6%
#5


2,586,400
5%
#6


1,971,093
8%
#7


1,357,355
9.2%
#8


2,271,254
9.9%
#9


2,596,948
10.6%
#10


2,756,631
11.7%
#11


2,560,312
13.6%
#12


1,882,608
14.8%
#13


2,614,598
15.5%
#14


2,560,351
16.4%
#15


1,582,919
16.4%
#16


1,563,951
21.1%
#17


2,714,626
21.4%
#18


1,168,191
27.3%
#19


2,608,370
28.4%
#20


2,990,947
28.6%
#21


3,654,092
30.4%
#22


1,153,744
30.6%
#23


1,671,845
30.7%
#24


1,390,123
31.1%
#25


2,753,513
32.8%
#26


2,195,595
33.8%
#27


1,871,180
34.9%
#28


5,905,280
36.7%
#29


3,361,990
36.8%
#30


1,430,758
39.3%
#31


1,739,725
43%
#32


4,021,828
43.5%
#33


1,864,674
49.3%
#34


2,306,300
50.2%
#35


2,492,536
60.6%
#36


1,322,158
75.2%
#37


1,891,333
78.2%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program
Kingmakers.com.ng Calculations



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