Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation - Open Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health


Public Health

First Advisor

Adam Block

Second Advisor

Kenneth Knapp

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Drugge


Domestic violence (abbreviated DV for this study) among women in African settings is often considered a ‘family matter’ and requires limited external interference. This study aims to identify the national and regional prevalence, trend in prevalence rates, influencing factors in predicting domestic violence among Nigerian women, victims’ response in seeking help, and potential victim-centered digital solutions to addressing domestic violence. In Nigeria, little has been done to assess; a nationally representative prevalence of DV among Nigerian women in the last decade to see if there are changing trends in prevalence; extensively investigate the influence of socio-demographic factors in predicting DV to target specific risk groups strategically, and suggest potential strategic interventions, policies, and actions needed to reduce DV among Nigerian women significantly. Therefore, I examine and analyze Nigeria's largest nationally representative data, specifically, the domestic violence module of the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), for three consecutive wave periods of 2008, 2013, and 2018. Socio-demographic and economic variables that are family-centered, ecological, and community-driven were analyzed. Two outcome variables were assessed; experiencing DV and not seeking help. A comparison of the individual association of each variable to the outcome variable using bivariate analysis was conducted and advanced into multivariate analysis at p-value