Lagos creates awareness to end Domestic violence

David Adekunle, Lagos

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Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT has provided a coordinated response and created unprecedented level of collaboration among professionals working to end sexual and gender based violence in the state.

The Team DSVRT has also provided an essential avenue for survivors and third parties to report instances of domestic, child and sexual abuse.

Addressing the scourge
Addressing journalists at a Media parley to commemorate Domestic and Sexual Violence awarenes month in September, 2018 , the Attorney General and Commissioner For Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said that a three approach to address the scourge has been adopted.

The approach, according to him include ensuring quick dispensation of justice, facilitating the provision of medical related services and continual awareness and sensitisation.

The Justice commissioner who is also the chairman of Domestic and  Sexual Violence and Response Team, gave the data for the year under review that from January 2018 till August 2018, the team has recovered 3,089 reported cases which indicates that the number of reports doubled since last year when the team handled a total of 1044 cases for the entire year.

According to the breakdown of the data, the team handled 1037 cases in the office, 939 Domestic Violence, 245 Child Abuse, 40 Defilement cases, 22 Rape cases, 13 attempt to commit rape and sexual assault by penetration, 10 sexual assault  by penetration cases and 48 other cases.

He said cases through the 6820 USSD platform which was commissioned in 2017 to facilitate the swift reporting of incidents of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence and Child Abuse.

Kazeem said from January 2017 till date, the team had received 2052 reports via the 6820 short code, 1187 Children have been exposed to Domestic Violence within the home while a total of 103 men have reported as at August,2018 which implies about 10% of cases handled this year.

Safer environment
Represented by Solicitor -General and Permanent Secretary, Mrs Funmilola Odunlami explained that the Lagos public Interest Law Partnership has provided free legal assistance to 52 of the survivors of the domestic violence, ranging from judicial separation, custody of children, meditation and settlement.

Kazeem added that the Ministry of youth and social development and Non governmental organisations have played key roles in ensuring survivors are evacuated to safer environment of shelter homes.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim