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The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015
     
 
FORMS OF PROHIBITED VIOLENCE
EXPLANATION
SANCTIONS A JUDGE MAY ORDER

Spousal battery

A person who batters his or her spouse without his or her consent commits an offence. Battery is concerned with the right to have one’s body left alone and extends the prohibition to battery between spouses. It involves an act causing physical harm or injury to the other person.

Spousal battery refers to the intentional and unlawful use of force or violence against one’s own spouse [person married under common law, customary law or Islamic law], including the unlawful touching, beating or striking or another person against his or her will with the intention of causing harm to that person.

People who attempt to commit such act of violence; or incite; aid; abet; counsel; receive or assist another person in committing such act are also punished.
Imprisonment for 3 years or less depending on the cirmcumstances of each case; or a fine of less than ₦200,000 or both imprisonment and a fine.