SOCIO-RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: A PRAGMATIC ANALYSIS OF OSINACHI NWACHUKWU’S ORDEAL
This study investigated the socio-religious and cultural consequences of domestic violence with a particular reference to Osinachi Nwachukwu’s ordeal. The fact that the 42 year old gospel singer is believed to have died out of domestic violence calls for a pragmatic approach to the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence which is a violence committed in the victim’s domestic circle has sent many to their early graves especially in Africa, Nigeria in particular. It is for this reason that the researcher has undertaken to look at possible religious and social consequences of such act. Using the phenomenological method of the qualitative research approach and primary/secondary means of data collection, the study discovers that domestic violence can take many forms including physical, psychological, sexual, and economic. The study further discovers that domestic violence does not only have devastating physical, psychological consequences on its victims, but can seriously damage the foundations of the family leading to its disintegration. The study further suggests ways to address this societal challenge.