Lagos DSVASet To Engage 1 Million In Door To Door Engagement Activities 

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA has commenced more enlightenment campaign on Sexual and Gender Based Violence as it begins Door-to-Door engagement activity in a bid for the residents of Lagos State  to be aware of the support services they can access at the Agency. The program which commenced yesterday will run for 3 months to enable residents the ability to speak up and also report cases of abuse in their various communities.  At the door to door engagement activity today, the Executive Secretary, DSVA, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi stressed the need to re-orientate residents continually by laying emphasis on the importance of reporting through the toll free line.  – 08-000-333-333.  Vivour-Adeniyi, who was represented by the Head Community Engagement  called on all to support the efforts of government by speaking up on Domestic and gender based issues in order to eradicate the menace from the society. She emphasized that the Agency would be visiting various local government areas to propagate the SGBV message through the key relevance of reporting the cases as at when it occurs. She noted that researches and perception surveys would be carried out during the 3 months of the engagement to ascertain lasting and enduring avenues to end the menace. The places yesterday visited were schools, mosque, churches, market and motor parks in Kosofe local government. In the course of the engagement, Souvenirs and educational materials were  distributed to residents in the State. Almost 5000 five thousand, residents were reached yesterday.  Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Head, Public Affairs Unit Lagos DSVA 31/1/2024

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Lagos DSVA moves to reverse high yuletide SGBV cases

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has sounded the alarm to alert Parents and Guardians in the State to be extra vigilant in the monitoring and protection of children and wards during this festive period.  The Executive Secretary revealed that the historical trend from available data points to children being at a higher risk of being sexually abused during the festive season.  Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi urged parents and caregivers to be more vigilant and watchful over their children in their care during this period.  “It is important for us to limit any opportunity for pedophiles to perpetrate the heinous act. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use this period to empower their children on body safety techniques, including how to set boundaries, good touch, bad touch, and Age appropriate teaching.  She also encouraged parents to take advantage of resources curated on safeguarding and child protection which are available on the DSVA website-  She also highlighted the fact that over the years, the agency has recorded an increase in formal and informal reporting of domestic violence during the Yuletide period.  She therefore reiterated the State Government’s zero tolerance for all forms of Gender-Based Violence even as she buttressed the fact that violence should never be the response to resolving conflict,  especially during this festive period.  Whilst restating the Agency’s commitment to ensuring uninterrupted service delivery during the Yuletide season,  she urged anybody experiencing either domestic or sexual violence to take advantage of the toll-free line- 08000-333-333 which remains accessible 24/7, 365 days a week.

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Lagos DSVA Commemorates International Men’s Day… Says No To Male Suicide

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has at the International Men’s Day program held today at the Adeyemi Bero,  called on the male folks to speak up when they experience any form of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.   Executive Secretary, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, stated this as the agency commemorates the year 2023 International Men’s Day; with the Theme: “Zero Male Suicide”.She said the agency has curated an initiative tagged “Break the silence, Don’t take your life, Seek help” to discuss various issues that cause depression and other forms of abuse against Men.  While informing men of the support services that the State Government had put in place to proactively address the issues of abuse, Vivour-Adeniyi, said the International Men’s Day was another opportunity to create awareness about sexual and gender-based violence, whilst taking into cognizance the fact that men can also be victims and survivors.  During his presentation, Director, Special Projects, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Tolu Ajomale revealed that ”Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, while just over 2 in 3 suicides on a worldwide basis are men, it is important to bring down the suicide rate for both males and females.  He said suicide could occur at any age and was the fourth highest cause of death among 15-29 year-olds worldwide with over 703,000 individuals committing suicide every year, with many more attempting to do so. Also, Ajomale said the goal of the program was to improve men’s well-being and mental health. Ajomale urged men to recognize and manage common mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse as health is not just an absence of disease or infirmity but a complete state of physical, mental, and social. Mr. Yakub Jubril spoke on the evolving roles of men in society and harped on the need for a break from the norm and change of the behavioral mindset at different strata of society. He urged men not to hesitate to seek help when the need arises. The DSVA Psychology team conducted group therapy for the participants at the event. One of the participants, Ayo Abayomi extolled the organizers of the event,  stressing the event was an urgent response to the plight of many men who are suffering in silence. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 19/11/2023

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Lagos DSVA Hosts Stephanie Okereke Linus, Re-Affirms Commitment to Eradicating SGBV

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA ) has today received  Stephanie Okereke Linus at the Novel House office in Alausa,  Ikeja.  The Executive Secretary, of DSVA,  Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi while receiving the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Goodwill Ambassador on Maternal and Reproductive Health for West and Central Africa,  said she was elated by the visit which doubled as a courtesy call and a re-affirmation of Mrs. Stephanie Linus’s commitment to the fight against the SGBV menace.  Vivour Adeniyi highlighted areas the Agency looked forward to more collaborative efforts, especially with the upcoming  Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month which is targeted at the various sectors of society.  Whilst commending the Agency for the laudable programs and activities in the quest to bring an end to the scourge of Domestic and Sexual Violence in the State, Linus also stressed the need for all tiers of government as well as the private sector to be involved in the war against SGBV.   She expressed the need for amplified collaborations on issues of gender-based violence at both the State and national levels, leveraging the structure and operations of the DSVA.  Mrs. Linus pledged to continue to use her various platforms and craft to drive the Zero tolerance message even as she commended the Lagos State Government for demonstrating the requisite political will. Adejoke Ladenegan-Oginni Lagos DSVA 11/8/2023

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Lagos DSVA Takes SGBV Advocacy To  Ibeju Lekki Lga And Lekki Lcda

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 on the 16th of January, 2023, taken the awareness campaign on the menace of sexual and gender based violence advocacy  to Ibeju Lekki, Lekki and it’s environs. The Executive Secretary Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi revealed that the Agency is renewing efforts in its SGBV  advocacy in the new year by engaging more Local government and Local council development area through the  “It’s On Us” program. The Executive Secretary DSVA who was represented by the Head Community Engagement Mr Damilare Adewusi  said the indispensable role the Local Government/Local Council Development Area would further create awareness in the nooks and crannies of the State and grassroots engagement remains crucial in tackling the menace. She said the objectives of the program was to Educate residents of Ibeju Lekki and Lekki on evolving gender roles; Promote positive masculinity and feminism among men and women; to enlighten on non-violence approach to conflict; and the need to have mutual respect for one another. She stressed SGBV often takes the form of male perpetration and  women victimization which must be eradicated from the society. The Supervisor lbeju Lekki LG, MRS Bisola Azeez who represented the Chairperson lauded the State Government and the LagosDSVA for extending the campaign to the Local government and LCDA, stressing the need for the residents to be better informed of Government’s resolve and zero tolerance stance on issues bordering on Sexual and Domestic Violence. Also at the program and taking the discuss from the angle of the Nigeria Police, ASP Roseline Ilekhue , Officer in Charge, Family Support Unit of Epe Police Division, gave details of actions that are liable offences which are crimes punishable by the law and called for continuous cooperation and collaboration of residents with the Police.

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For decades, individuals and communities have grappled with issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, the resultant impact in most cases is devastating to the victim. Often, the victims are helpless while perpetrators walk freely without being held accountable for their actions. This led to the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in September 2014, recently metamorphosed into the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), to provide a coordinated & holistic response to Sexual, Domestic and Gender-Based Violence issues within Lagos State. The Agency provides an opportunity for survivors and third parties to report cases of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Lagos State and these reported cases are tackled swiftly through the team work of Ministries, Department and partner Agencies, Gender-Based Violence Case Managers, the Police, Non-Governmental Organizations, Psychologists, Rescue team, Social Welfare, Health-care workers and the Judiciary. 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2022, is UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls. At the DSVA, we believe that preventive measures are the most efficient ways of addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) issues. To this end, we embark on several advocacy programs, which aims at reducing SGBV to at least a barest minimum. The Agency will be leveraging on the global annual 16 days of activism for the elimination of violence against women, to heighten awareness on the issues of Gender-Based Violence in the state through several community engagement programs. Our objectives are; IN DEMONSTRATION OF POLITICAL WILL TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, HERE ARE SOME OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS: Club across the State (Introduction of curriculum into the education sector on SGBV, femininity, grit, resilience, transitioning from girl to woman) All made possible with the support of the State and off course, the efforts of other responder agencies working towards ensuring a safe and secured state, free from all forms of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.


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