Country Nigeria
Year 2018
Type of Measure Research and statistical data > Violence against women module in survey
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The conducting of Demographic and Health Surveys is in line with one of the constitutional responsibilities of the National Population Commission (NPC), namely to collect, collate, analyse, and disseminate population census and survey data at all levels that contribute to policy formulation and coordination of population activities in the country.The 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (2018 NDHS) is the sixth survey of its kind to be implemented by the National Population Commission.

The 2018 NDHS included a module of questions designed to obtain information on the extent to which women in Nigeria experience domestic violence, including both intimate partner violence and violence by perpetrators other than husbands or other intimate partners. The module on domestic violence was administered in the subsample of households that were selected for the men’s survey. In accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on the ethical collection of information on domestic violence, only one eligible woman age 15-49 per household was randomly selected for the module, and the module was not implemented if privacy could not be obtained (WHO 2001). In total, 10,678 women completed the module. Only 1% of women eligible for the domestic violence module could not be successfully interviewed with the module because privacy could not be obtained or for other reasons. Special weights were used to adjust for the selection of only one woman per household and to ensure that the domestic violence subsample was nationally representative.

Source of Information

National Population Commission (NPC) [Nigeria] and ICF. 2019. Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2018. Abuja, Nigeria, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: NPC and ICF.