Domestic violence is a very real problem in Lagos. The Lagos State Government revealed that 4,035 cases of domestic violence were recorded in the state over the past year. The types of violence committed included physical assault, battery, child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, intimidation, defilement, and others. In conjunction with the release of the eye-opening statistics, the local government vowed to take extreme measures to minimize the occurrence of domestic violence in Lagos.
Statement from the Lagos Government
The report was presented by Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, at a news conference in Ikeja. He commended the efforts of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) of the Lagos government in the war against domestic violence. According to him, the team handled a total of 192 domestic violence cases in the previous year. Out of these 192 cases, there were 89 domestic assault cases, 18 rape cases, six attempted rape cases, 62 defilement cases, seven child abuse cases, and 10 child neglect cases.
Prevention and Rehabilitation Efforts
Mr. Kazeem said that the Lagos State Government has zero tolerance for domestic violence and child abuse cases, and it will not relent until such offenses are reduced to the minimum. Other than the DSVRT, the Office of Public Defender and the Directorate of the Public Prosecutions have also been tasked to ensure that the perpetrators of domestic violence offenses are brought to justice and victims are properly rehabilitated.
The Ministry of Women Affairs, the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation, and the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, as well as a number of non-governmental organisations will be providing shelters and other rehabilitation facilities for victims of domestic violence. All sexual assault victims will be given medical attention at public hospitals and the Mirabel Centre.
Reporting Domestic Violence
Domestic violence can have devastating long-term effects on its victims, and it should be stopped as soon as possible. After assuring the public that the Lagos State Government will step up its efforts against domestic violence, Mr. Kazeem encouraged victims to seek help instead of suffering in silence. Those who are experiencing domestic violence can obtain immediate intervention from the government and professional counseling by calling 08137960048.
Domestic violence does not only cause harm to individuals and families; it is a disease that can eat deep into the fabric of the society. The residents of Lagos can do their part to eradicate this disease by reporting any known occurrences of domestic violence.
Written by Jane Sandwood