Abstract The study sought to investigate the role of radios in combating domestic violence against women through a comparative study of Mama FM and Dembe FM. The study was based on the premises that radios are an ingredient in democracy, for they are vital in safeguarding human rights. Also, that domestic violence against women is a gross violation of women’s rights. The objectives of the study were: highlighting the role of radios in combating domestic violence against women; finding out the goals and mandate of Mama and Dembe FMs in combating domestic violence against women; assessing the achievements of both media houses in combating domestic violence against women and also, suggesting ways of best practice to both media houses on how to initiate and enhance strategies in combating domestic violence against women. The study employed primarily qualitative methods of research. After selection of the required study population, which was 200 respondents, standard measures of data collection; interviews, documentary review, content analysis, questionnaires were applied to ensure validity and reliability of findings. The study revealed that both media houses have played significant roles in combating domestic violence through their programs and activities despite shortfalls along the way. Patriarchy plays a significant role in women’s failure to advocate for their rights, for women operate within a matrix of direct and debilitating domination; misrepresentation. The male dominated radios serve as a conduit for perpetuating gender subordination and oppression. In conclusion, Mama FM has played a dominant role in combating domestic violence against women though with numerous challenges that still need to be addressed. Domestic violence is a multi faceted social ill that there is no independent strategy to halt it. However, even with achievements, radios too, have naively exacerbated domestic violence against women given the sexist, caricatured portrayal they have attached to women. The study recommended that a multi-layered policy that addresses the structural causes of domestic violence against women while providing immediate services to victim-survivors ensures sustainability and is the only policy that has the prospective to eradicate this plague as there is no one single remedy that cuts across that will see off the plague – domestic violence against women.
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