Johnson Babafemi AKINTAYO, PhD., Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Oluwaseyi Adewumi SODEINDE, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Moyo Oluwatosin OLANIYI, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Domestic violence is a plague in the human society that has affected many homes and relationships and in many instances accounted for the death of it victims. The main objective of the study was to examine how movies can be used as a communication tool for creating awareness for domestic violence among undergraduate females in Nigeria. Using the survey research design, 300 females between the ages of 16-30 from two universities (Babcock University and University of Lagos) who have seen the selected movies with domestic violence contents (Enough, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, ‘Ainidariji’/Unforgivable and Madea’s Family Reunion). Data gathered from the 272 copies of the questionnaire returned were analysed. Results were presented in simple frequency tables, charts and percentages. Findings showed that respondents were aware: of the existence of domestic violence and that women were largely the victims, 55.1%; battered or insulted 31.6% and sexually abused 55.1%. Women were exposed to movies on domestic violence once in a while 55.1% and the need to use movies to create better awareness on domestic violence and consequently stamp it out stood at 55.1% and 53.3% respectively. The belief that movies can be used to arouse young Nigerian women to rise against domestic violence showed a 44.8% response in the affirmative, and the need for the production of more movies with awareness messages, preferably in local languages had a 55.1% response. The study recommends among other things that broadcast stations should produce and air movies on domestic violence preferably in local languages, with basic tips on domestic violence survival and defense strategies at the end of such movies bearing in mind that people are the result of what they watch.
Keywords: Movies, Domestic violence, Awareness, Women