Helping magistrates, public servants forge unified response to domestic violence

The Lagos State government has trained about 62 civil servants and primary responders in the state on how to provide a uniform response to domestic and sexual violence cases.

Participants at the event included Chief Magistrates and Presidents of Customary Courts of the Lagos Judiciary, Counselors of Ministry of Education districts in the state, senior officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Office of the Public Defender, Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC) and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

They also included Teammates of Domestic and Sexual Violence Team (DSVRT) from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka,  Lagos State University(LASU), Yaba College of Technology, State Universal Basic Education Board, Lagos State Polytechnic and social workers among other trainees.

Programme’s focus

The  four-day engagement and training programme of stakeholders focused on the dynamics of the State Domestic and Sexual  Violence Unified Response Protocol and Referral Pathway (URPRP), a manual designed to  provide a multi-sectoral, survivor-centered approach for responding to domestic and sexual violence. The programme was put together by the DSVRT and supported by the European Union Funded Spotlight Initiative and UN Women.

The participants were trained on the contents of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Uniformed Response Protocol and Referral Pathway (URPRP), a manual designed to provide a multi-sectoral, survivor-centered approach for responding to domestic and sexual violence.

In a welcome address delivered on his behalf by the Coordinator, DSVRT, Mrs Titilola Rhodes-Vivour, Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) said the URPRP has been developed to guide the operations of all stakeholders providing response services as well as set minimum standards for the provision of quality and efficient services to survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence  as responding to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence requires a multi-disciplinary approach.”

Onigbanjo said the URPRP outlines a statewide, consistent, predictable and holistic response mechanism to incidents of domestic and sexual violence; from access to healthcare, provision of psycho social support, legal support, emergency services, law enforcement and other special services.

Source: The Nation

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