LASG Saves Helpless Victim Of 25-Year Long Domestic Violence Abuse

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team has intervened in a case of domestic violence that had been perpetrated for over 25 years by a man over his wife.

The case in question was brought into limelight by virtue of the victim’s relative speaking out to the press. The Team contacted the 63 year old victim and bread winner of the home ,Mrs. Oridota Oladele to enlighten her on her rights, support Services at her disposal, and ultimately ascertain what she wanted out of the situation

The Director of Citizens Rights, Mrs Omotilewa Ibirogba with other team members met with her, and she insisted that all she required was officials of government to talk to her husband to desist from acts of physical,psychological, emotional and verbal abuses which are all crimes contrary to the Prevention Against Domestic Violence Law,2007.

A referral letter was subsequently done to Isokoko Police Station which is a representative of the Police Force in DSVRT and houses a Family Support Unit. Some members of the Team also accompanied the victim to the Station where the matter was duly reported.

Upon her making her report, police officers in company of DSVRT members went to the couple’s place of residence for the purpose of transporting the husband to the station for questioning and cautioning.

A Memorandum of Undertaking was signed at the Station by the husband that he would desist from domestic violence and if he relents, he would be duly arrested and a Protection Order gotten against him. The Ministry of Health, also a member of DSVRT was informed of the case and are working on taking up her treatment free of charge as the victim is in need of constant medical attention and care.

The Ben Bruce Foundation, one of DSVRT’s partners upon hearing Mrs. Oladele’s situation has pledged to support her as her means of livelihood has been affected by her predicament. Women’s RightMeanwhile the progress of the couple will continue to be monitored by the DSVRT and the Police.

Family members, neighbors and concerned citizens are encouraged to assist victims of domestic violence by reporting to the police station or the DSVRT by calling 112 or 08137960048.

We also use this medium to restate that the Lagos State Government has a zero tolerance for domestic and sexual violence and therefore urges victims to come out ,speak up and get the desired assistance before it is too late.

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi 
Co-ordinator, Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) 
1st October,2015.

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