Lagos Conducts Healing Group Program For Male Perpetrators Of Domestic Violence

The Lagos State Goverment under the aegis of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) has  conducted support and healing group therapy sessions for over fifty (50) male perpetrators of domestic violence. The Lagos State DSVA Executive Secretary Titilola Vivour Adeniyi at the Novel House Office in Alausa Ikeja, said the objective of the intervention program was hinged on psychosocial wellness of the Citizenry in the State following the alarming increase of Sexual and gender Based violence cases according statistical data research result conducted by the Agency.   She said the support and healing group session was aimed to Psychoeducate the perpetrators on better ways to manage their emotions when triggered.   Vivour-Adeniyi revealed that further research showed that most perpetrators were victims of similar traumas as children and there was a need to help the perpetrators heal from their childhood traumas that may have contributed to their abusive behavior in adulthood  She further stressed that the sessions would make perpetrators accountable, and ensure they  take responsibilities for their actions instead of blaming their victims for their actions. She further revealed that the session would assist  perpetrators in unlearning unhealthy negative coping skills that have led to violence in the past and  equip them with healthy coping skills to manage their anger, communicate effectively and maintain peaceful and harmonious relationships It would be recalled that the program started on the 10th of June 2023 and was run through the 9th day of August 2023. The sessions were done on weekly bases for a  period of eight (8) weeks and at the end of the sessions , the perpetrators expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government  for the sessions Mrs. Vivour-Adeniyi assured that the Sessions would continue,  especially for survivors who were desirous of remaining in the relationship but however wanted the abuse to stop. AdeJoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 15/8/2023

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