Olabisi Sherifat Yusuff[1],


A large body of global research documents the high prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women across the world and the resulting socioeconomic costs and reproductive and other health consequences for societies, women and their children. Developmental theorists and Feminists have advocated for empowerment of women and properties ownership as a panacea to intimate spousal violence. Yet, the relationship between intimate spousal violence and women property ownership is not clear: The aim of this study is to examine the relationship between women property ownership and intimate spousal violence. The theoretical orientation of the paper is anchored on Household bargaining model and Male backlash model. The method of data collection was triangulated. Two hundred and seventy two questionnaires were distributed to married women with property ownership through snowball method, While twenty in-depth- interviews were conducted with women purposively chosen. Quantitative information obtained was analysed through frequency distribution and simple percentage, while qualitative information was analysed through content analysis and ethnographic summaries. Within, the theoretical orientations of Male backslash and household bargaining models, the findings revealed that majority of women with properties still experience intimate spousal violence. Types of violence experienced by women property owners include emotional and sexual violence. Hypothesis tested at 0.05 significant levels that there is relationship between women property owners and intimate spousal violence was accepted. This is because men want to exert authority and superiority over women whereas the violence is seen as cultural. The paper recommends various strategies in eliminating/curbing intimate spousal violence. 

Key words: Intimate Spouse, Violence, Women, Property ownership

[1] Olabisi Sherifat Yusuff . PhD, Lagos State University,Department of Sociology, E-mail Address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Yusuff Olabisi Sherifat. INTIMATE SPOUSAL’S VIOLENCE AND WOMEN’S PROPERTY OWNERSHIP: DELVING DEEPER INTO LINKAGE IN LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.12, no.2:63-86, DOI:

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