Lagos DSVA/Police rescue Pregnant woman assaulted by partner…. Perpetrator in custody. 

In the wake of the recent report of a 7-month pregnant woman who lost her life as a result of domestic violence,  the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has received yet another distress call from a mandated reporter in the early hours of today of an alleged case of domestic violence involving another pregnant woman and her husband. It was alleged that an expectant mother was physically assaulted by her partner who then proceeded to lock her in their apartment located in the Mushin Area of the State. It was reported that the alleged physical assault eventually resulted in the pregnant woman losing consciousness and it took the timely intervention of the neighbours who rescued her and rushed her to the General Hospital for medical assistance. Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi,  Executive Secretary DSVA,  said the office immediately contacted the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, and Police Officers from Mushin police station were immediately dispatched to the scene of the incident. Vivour-Adeniyi further revealed that the suspect has since been apprehended while the survivor is still in an unconscious state. Whilst underscoring the potential dangers and the negative ripple effect of domestic violence on survivors and the society at large, we reiterate that the State Government remains unwavering in ensuring perpetrators of these heinous crimes are held accountable.  We use this medium to appreciate the neighbors for calling for help and reaching out to the Agency. We also urge anyone experiencing domestic violence to please break the culture of silence, to know that we believe them, even as they are encouraged to speak up and report promptly to authorities such as the DSVA either via the toll-free line 08000 333 333 or at Novel House, Plot 3, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 17/1/2024

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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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