THE increase in domestic violence in the society and its negative impact is becoming a source of worry to many Nigerians. Many are of the opinion that government at all levels should intensify the fight against the scourge. Below are the positions of some Nigerians on the issue.
Damian Chigozie, Public Servant: I think that government at all level should start a television advert campaign against domestic violence like what the Lagos State government has done. The advert should be very educative on the various forms and the circumstances of domestic violence and the legal consequences of such acts of violence.
Odinaka Enuka, Student: I think that education is the answer. It may not be a cure in this case but I feel that better education leads to awareness of one’s own self. That is what is necessary in relationships especially marriages. The more you know and understand yourself, the more you begin to respect the other person’s point of view.
Amarachi Nwobodo, Teacher: I believe that the best way to address this is to consider the causes and effects of it. Most domestic violence are perpetrated by the men on the women. The man, in his natural state of mind, will tend toward violence as a means of protection. Love is a splendid thing so is nature and only when the two understand each other that the tendency towards violence will be minimised.
Kingsley Chukwuma, Businessman: Domestic violence can be stopped by training men and women to respect one another. Partners should not allow television to provide the moral compass for their everyday relationships. We should reduce television viewing to a minimum and always interact as partners. When a family shares problems with one another, issues which may escalate into violence can be addressed before they become problems.
Chukwudi Ogele, Marketer: Domestic violence is a mindset. It must be stopped at a young age. The education system needs to create programs in schools that deal with anger management and conflict resolution. But for current domestic violence cases, many people, especially women, are afraid of leaving their marital homes because they have no other place to go. Letting women know that they are protected places they can retreat to will go a long way in insuring the safety of all people who are being abused.
Ikechukwu Ogana, Businessman: I think the best way to prevent domestic violence is by educating our young people to respect themselves. If we love and respect ourselves, we can make better choices in life. This gives us confidence and inner-strength to get out of terrible and dangerous situations.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Sep. 2, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT