Domestic and Sexual Violence

Lagos Govt. Equips Doctors On Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims’ Support, Reportage

As a measure to protect male and female victims of domestic and sexual violence in Lagos, the State Government has put doctors drawn across the 52 Local Governments and Local Council Development Area (LCDA) through process and procedures to aid their ability in supporting victims and escalating their cases in their medical facility to appropriate agencies in Lagos. The medical experts would after the training be providing clinical support to the victims, particularly children, that may have been abused as well as educate them to support available for them and measures to seek justice in the state. These three-day training on prevention and management of sexual assaults cases was put together by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), to further sensitize all stakeholders in the state on their role to prevent and manage domestic, sexual and other gender-based violence cases. The Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, in an interview with newsmen, described the training aim as basically to equip as well as making the doctors mandate reporters in their respective medical facilities across Lagos. Vivour-Adeniyi noted that the training by the state government through DSVA would be boosting awareness level among Lagosians so as to enlighten everyone on why the rape culture must be do away with. She stated with more awareness and training programmes embarked upon by the agency was targeted at changing peoples’ mindset and how they respond to victims of domestic and sexual violence when they needed help. “We are increasing awareness about the issue so that people can become more enlightened and respond to victims whenever cases of domestic and sexual violence occur within their communities appropriately especially when survivors have gotten the courage to report”. The executive secretary stressed that the doctors, who would be serving as responders through their services in the medical facilities would be required “to pass the right information which would be critical in survivor’s way to justice”. According to her, part of their assignment would be to debrief victims, provide psycho-social support and others as well as information about the relevant actions that could be activated for survivors in the state. “So, what we will be having in Lagos will be medical experts serving as mandated reporters especially when it comes to children that have been sexually abused in the society. “They also have the duty to inform the survivor of their right and different basic support available for them to access justice, what to expect.“So the doctors, aside from providing clinical support for survivors, play a very critical role in ensuring that the survivors are comfortable enough and are able to speak their truth as well as be firm on their way to justice”.

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DSVA Engages Men From Various Local Governments

In a bid to stem the tide on growing concerns about the prevalence of Sexual and gender based violence in the State, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA has engaged men from various Local government and LOcal council development area by organizing a different version of her already existing “It’s On Us” program tagged “MEN WEY SABI” The Executive Secretary DSVA Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi said the indispensable role the Local Government/Local Council Development Area would further create awareness in the nooks and crannies of the State. She said 10 men including Youth Council members, CDC, CDA, Religious leaders, NURTW members and other relevant member of the community were mobilized for the program. She said the objectives of the program was to Educate men on evolving gender roles; Promote positive masculinity among men; to enlighten men on non-violence approach to conflict; and the need to have respect for female gender. She stressed SGBV often takes the form of male perpetration and  women victimization which must be eradicated from the society. The program highlights had men from the LGs and LCDAs in the cooking competition. Joke Ladenegan-Oginni DSVA. 24th October, 2022

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LASG Set to Introduce Compulsory Marital Effectiveness Preparatory Counseling for Intending Couples

The Lagos State Government has expressed readiness to introduce compulsory Marital  Effectiveness Preparatory Counseling for intending couples to ensure they are proactively addressed about Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos State. This was disclosed on Monday,8th August,2022, during a one-day engagement program of all State Marriage Registrars, organized by The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government , Mrs Kikelomo Sanyaolu who was ably represented the Director Local Government, Mr. Amodu whilst commending the Agency, expressed the willingness and readiness of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs in proactively addressing Domestic violence in Lagos State.   In her opening remarks, The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi noted that at least 60% of survivors of domestic violence who had contracted their marriage under the Matrimonial Causes Act, saw the  abusive signs of their intending spouse but still proceeded with the Union which has therefore become expedient for marriage registrars to provide professional support to intending couples. Erudite facilitators of the program, Mrs. Tinuke Odukoya, Executive Director, Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Mr. Oladele Emmanuel Temilade, Founder, Institute of Marriage Administrators & Counselors of Nigeria and the Founder of Family Life Engineer, Praise Fowowe, took the participants on emerging issues which includes gender and sex roles, understanding Domestic violence, statutory roles of Marriage registries, family system engineering as well as an introduction into the curriculum of the Lagos State Marital effectiveness preparatory Counselling. A participant of the program, Mr. Deji Sokeye, National president of Local Government Registrars of marriage in Nigeria in his vote of thanks, reassured the State of their commitment in embracing the initiative. In attendance was a total of 120 marriage registrars comprising all marriage registrars and their deputies across the State.

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PRESS RELEASE: LASG REACTS TO ALLEGED VIRAL VIDEO OF DISMISSED CUSTOMARY COURT MEMBER ,MR ISHOLA RAZAKI ADEYEMI

The attention of the State Government has been drawn to a viral video circulating the  social media space wherein one Mr. Olayemi Ayeni ( The Complainant )alleged that a former Customary Court Member, Mr. Ishola Razaki Adeyemi, abused his office by exhibiting unprofessional conduct in a customary court case involving the Complainant and his wife and proceeded to snatch his wife and children from him. The matter which occurred between 2014/2015 was investigated by the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission. The findings of  the investigation subsequently led to the termination of the appointment of the Member of the Customary Court. It was discovered that the viral video was posted by “Ogbongefriends” sometime in 2016. Members of the public are informed that the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has attempted to reach out to Ogbongefriends on their various social media accounts,  but unfortunately their accounts  have not been active since 2018. All efforts to reach out to the complainant have been to no avail. We therefore use this medium to encourage anyone with useful information about the complainant  to please reach out via our social media handles- @dsvrt on twitter or @dsva  on instagram or on 0813-796-0048. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi Executive Secretary Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 4th of July, 2022

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LASG Reaffirms Commitment to the Girl-Child

In response to the increasing cases of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), in partnership with the Ministry of Education have launched a timely intervention called the ‘Queens Club Initiative’. The initiative is to create a sustainable social structure in educational institutions, that will help debunk socio-cultural misconceptions, dismantle patriarchy, encourage gender equality, bring about behavioral as well as attitudinal change and ultimately raise empowered girls. At the induction ceremony of 310 girls into the Queens Club, which took place on 29th of June, 2022 at Ikeja Senior Grammar School Hall, Bolade, Oshodi, the first Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.)  Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu commending the efforts of the DSVA in ensuring attitudinal change in the society while urging members of the newly inaugurated Queens Club to see themselves as ambassadors and change agents. She stated that by virtue of the knowledge they have received, they have become peer educators and would be able to affect the desire change for a better world. The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Sherifat Folashade Jaji who was ably represented by Mrs. Shonibare, Director, Office of the Secretary to the State Government urged the students to continue to strive for excellence and champion a world free of all forms of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, noted that over the course of 6 weeks over 300 secondary school students, drawn from 31 schools in Education District 2 & 6 have been exposed to the Queens Club curriculum. At the end of the program, the girls were exposed to modules on Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health, Femininity, Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Anger Management, Grit, Resilience & Tenacity and Transitioning from Girl to Woman. After taking the pledge of allegiance, the students were subsequently inducted into the club and awarded certificates as well as identity cards to validate their induction into the club. In a bid to show gratitude for their sacrifices, selfless service and for a job well done during the course of the six weeks training, the various mentors and facilitators were presented with plaques and certificates. The Queens Club initiative would be replicated across all Education Districts in Lagos State.

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Lagos DSVA Commences Engagement of Schools In STRAC Initiative.

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), has commenced engagement of Primary & Secondary School Students via its “Safeguarding the Rights of a Child”, STRAC initiative in its effort to curtail domestic and sexual abuse in the State on Friday, 17th of June, 2022 at the Education District 1, Agege. Speaking at the workshop, Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs. Lola Vivour-Adeniyi stressed that the STRAC initiative is critical in view of the fact that children have a role to play in their own protection. She stated that STRAC is an interactive workshop to engage children in age appropriate language on their rights, responsibilities, body safety, child abuse, how to avoid being a victim of sexual abuse, self-defence tips, and how to preserve evidence if physically or sexually abused and ultimately, speaking out and reporting abuse. Vivour-Adeniyi noted that this prevention workshop is led by trained peer educators, who have experience in gender relations, socialization, dating violence and sexual violence prevention, which will go a long way in curbing incidents of Child Abuse in the State. Vivour-Adeniyi said the goal is to  empower millions of children in order to ensure that they  are able to prevent the occurrence of domestic and sexual abuse in Lagos State. Asides from verbally engaging students on their rights and responsibilities, the Executive Secretary added that there are provisions of STRAC textbooks prepared by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency to strengthen the reading culture of children, empower them and serve as a preventive tool against all forms of abuse. She expressed satisfaction on the success of the programme as students expressed delight that the programme has empowered them to speak up in any case or form of abuse. She noted that another workshop would be held for about 3500 students from at least 31 primary and secondary schools to enlighten them on Safeguarding the Rights of a child. The workshop had in attendance about 750 Secondary School Students drawn from Mulero Junior Grammar School, State High School Ajewole, Eko Senior College, Lagos Baptist Senior Secondary School and Lagos Baptist Senior College, Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro Junior Grammar School, Agege Junior College, Iloro, Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Sango Senior Secondary School, Sango Junior Secondary School, District Junior College, Yewa Junior High School and Unity Junior High School.

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Ojo and Ikorodu Local Government Embraces Awareness To Eradicate Sexual And Gender Based Violence.

In  furtherance of  “IT IS ON US to end Domestic and Sexual Violence” themed community outreach in  combating the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the State,the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, convened town hall meetings at both Ojo and Ikorodu Local Government on Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th of June, 2022 respectively. Addressing both gatherings, the Executive Secretary of DSVA Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi elucidated that everyone, including the elderly, can be victims of domestic and sexual violence. She encouraged the residents of the respective local governments to take the message of the town hall meetings to their various communities and consider themselves mandated reporters; further stating that “if you see something, you have a duty to say something and do something.” Speaking at the  opening ceremony,the Chairman of Ojo and Ikorodu Local Governments  ably represented by the Vice Chairman, Mrs. Uche Uborchi and  the Secretary to the Ikorodu Local Government ,Hon. Lateef Afinni, both expressed their concerns about the increasing rate of sexual and gender based violence cases which usually went unreported. They concluded by assuring the residents of both  Local Government that they will work with all relevant stakeholders to put an end to domestic and sexual violence in their respective communities. The gathering at the Ikorodu Local Government meeting acknowledged the presence of HRM Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun of Igbogbo kingdom who delivered his keynote address on domestic violence. His Royal Majesty urged all Ikorodu residents to embrace peace amongst all men and shun violence. Mrs. Adeola Odumabo (Head of Citizen Mediation Center, Iba Unit ), and Alhaji  Lateef Akinborode (Executive Director, Community Women’s Right Foundation), speakers at the meetings, educated participants on what domestic and sexual violence entails instances of domestic violence, even as the reemphasized on the role of the community in  curbing the menace. ASP Braimah Asimawo of the Okokomaiko Family Support Unit, and Dr. Rahmat Odedesan, Medical Officer at the Ikorodu local government delivered presentations on steps to take after domestic or sexual violence has occurred. Participants were  encouraged to contact the nearest  designated police station and seek medical  assistance at the closest Primary Health Center. The gathering  had in attendance 200 stakeholders  respectively from each local government including Community Development Associations, traditional and religious leaders, political leaders,  community and youth leaders ,market men and women, representatives from the National Youth Council, artisans and relevant stakeholders. The It’s on Us campaign is in furtherance of Mr. Governor. Sanwo-Olu’s resolve to eradicate Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Lagos State.

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DSVA Partners LASWA On Domestic And Sexual Violence

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in collaboration with Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), on Monday, 30th of May, commenced an awareness campaign for residents living in the riverine areas of Lagos State. The awareness campaign kicked off with a walk against domestic and sexual violence as officials of DSVA and LASWA walked from Military Hospital, Lagos to Falomo while sensitizing the public on the dangers of SGBV. DSVA has remained relentless in its fight against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and is keen on eradicating it in the state. During the walk, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi thanked LASWA for its collaboration with the agency in it’s fight against SGBV whilst restating the state government’s zero-tolerance to all forms of domestic and sexual violence. She also urged residents of Lagos State to see themselves as Mandated Reporters who have a duty to say and do something when they see something. On his part, the General Manager of Lagos State Waterways Authority, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel,  appealed to all participants to spread the message across and become ambassadors against Domestic and sexual violence in Lagos State. The LASWA GM further emphasized the importance of inter-agency collaboration, explaining that a large number of Lagos residents make use of LASWA jetties and terminals daily, hence the reason for the joint sensitization between LASWA and DSVA. In furtherance of the awareness campaign, fliers, posters and other informative materials would be placed at all the ferry terminals including, Apapa ( Liverpool terminal), Ikorodu Baiyeku Ikorodu, Badore – Tarzan terminal Ebutte Ero, Ijegun, Ebutte Ojo and Falomo- 5 cowries. There will also be ongoing sensitisation exercises which will involve engaging members of the respective communities. DSVA has continued to call on anyone experiencing any form of abuse to speak up and call its toll free line;08000-333-333.

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Lagos Sensitizes Mushin Local Government Residents on Sexual and Gender Based Violence

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency on thursday held its fifth local government town hall meeting  at Mushin local Government to sensitize residents on the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence across the State. The town hall meeting themed “It’s on us to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence”  is coming on the heels of the State Government’s resolve in heightening awareness about domestic and sexual violence amongst members of the community, inform them of the provisions of the laws and support services available for victims and survivors. Addressing the gathering, the Executive Secretary of DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi reeled out  the statistics in the past year, highlighting the prevalence of SGBV in Mushin Local Government Area and the need for all participants present to join hands with Government in the fight  against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Chairman of Mushin Local Government, Hon.  Emmanuel Bamigboye ably represented by his Special Assistant, Mr Babatunde John Kehinde encouraged residents of Mushin to speak up if they are subjected to violence in their relationships in order to curb the rate of violence in the society. Mrs. Ronke  Oyelakin, the Chairman of Child Protection Network, enlightened the audience on the various forms of Sexual and Gender Based violence whilst urging people to stop victim blaming as this could discourage victims from reporting incidences of violence. She rather encouraged residents of Mushin to be active bystanders and expose abusers. Dr Adeola Obasanya, the Adolescent Focal Person of the Primary Health Care Board on her part,informed participants of the medical centres available to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Mushin some of which include Ayantuga PHC, Mushin PHC and Palm Avenue PHC. She charged sexual assault survivors to report immediately to any of these hospitals to seek medical attention free of charge The meeting had in attendance over 200 stakeholders drawn from Community Development Association and Councils, Community Development Authorities, religious leaders notably the Chief Imam of Oshodi Isolo, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, Mushin Branch, traditional rulers including market men and women, the National Youth Council of Nigeria,  artisans, captains of industries as well as other relevant stakeholders. The toll-free line for reporting domestic and sexual violence cases (08000333333) was inscribed on memorabilia and distributed to all participants. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of plaques to the local government  in recognition of their commitment towards ending Sexual and Gender Based Violence in their LGAs and LCDAs. The town hall meetings would be held in all the LGAs and LCDAs across the state.

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Lagos Trains Community Pharmacists on Domestic Violence Care

Lagos State  Sexual Violence Agency have trained no fewer than 50 community licensed pharmacists on the provision of immediate care and referral services for survivors of domestic violence. This was disclosed at the 3rd training for community licensed pharmacists organized by the agency on Saturday, 30th April,2022 Speaking at the training, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour- Adeniyi said the training is necessary for licensed pharmacists as the pharmacy is a safe space for many survivors of domestic abuse seeking medical assistance. She noted that community licensed pharmacies have consultation/ Counselling rooms which can serve as safe spaces for survivors of domestic violence to disclose their issues and receive assistance. A legal practitioner and Sexual and Gender Based Violence expert, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi enlightened participants on the relevant laws that regulate Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the state whilst giving an overview of the support services available to survivors Mrs. Atinuke Odukoya, Executive Director of Centre for Women’s Health in Nigeria facilitated the session on Gender Roles, Understanding Sexual and Gender and raising the index of suspicion. Meanwhile, the Chairman of Association of Community pharmacists , Lagos Branch, Pharm. Lawrence Ekhator reiterated the Association’s commitment in ensuring that survivors of domestic violence who present themselves at their pharmacies would be able to access holistic care and support through effective referrals. He however urged survivors of domestic violence to take advantage of the Speak to INU initiative and access help at their community licensed pharmacists as such cases will be treated confidentially. It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had previously launched the Speak to INU ( I Need You) code scheme for survivors of domestic violence to access immediate help and support in the comfort of their local community pharmacies.

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