Intimate partner violence is a prevalent problem that affects both men and women not only in Nigeria, but around the world. According to the ManKind Initiative, one in three women and one in six to seven men have fallen victim to domestic violence. Due to these large numbers, there has been an increase in news coverage, which has had both positive and negative impacts on how intimate partner violence has been defined, expressed, and handled. Aje-Ori Agbese’s book sheds light on the news coverage of intimate partner violence in Nigeria, including the hidden menace of female-perpetrated violence against men through an analysis of three national newspapers and two news blogs from 2011 to 2022. The analysis determined that women are the prominent victims and face of intimate partner violence in Nigeria, excluding many male victims. In fact, if the victim, either male or female, was not killed or did not die due to a violent attack, it was very unlikely for the mass media to cover it. Agbese explores why this is happening and provides information on how journalists and bloggers can become more inclusive in order to redefine the narrative and help manage intimate partner violence.
Aje-Ori Agbese is associate professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Chapter 1: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence
Chapter 2: Mass Media and Intimate Partner Violence
Chapter 3: Nigeria: The Case Study
Chapter 4: News Coverage of Intimate Partner Violence in Nigeria, 2011-2022
About the Author
Nigerian News Coverage of Intimate Partner Violence, 2011-2022 is a data-driven book that employs a case-study approach to project how the media reports violence in heterosexual relationships in Nigeria. Anchored to a rich normative framework, this book is a priceless asset for scholars, policy actors, media professionals, and stakeholders, who have a genuine passion not only for understanding the nature of intimate partner violence from the Nigerian and African perspectives but also for mitigating the problem globally.
This book provides a unique and balanced perspective on intimate partner violence against women, and men, which can be physical, psychological, or both. It explicates the role of the news media in reinforcing societal perception and attitude toward it. This book is a ‘must-read’ for an informed understanding of gender mainstreaming in patrilineal societies like Nigeria.