55 cases of domestic violence against men reported in Lagos

Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice/Chairman, DSVRT, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle); Director, Citizen & Right Alternate, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba and Coordiantor, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivor-Adeniyi during a media parley to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, has revealed that men are reporting an increase in domestic violence against them.

Mr Kazeem spoke on Tuesday just as the state’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) disclosed that a total of 852 cases of domestic violence and related cases were recorded between January and September 2017.

Speaking at a media parley held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, the attorney general said out of the total number, there were 564 domestic violence cases, 60 defilement cases,  30 rape cases, 11 attempted rape, 123 child neglect and abuse cases, and 84 other cases.

Kazeem, who is also the Chairman of DSVRT, disclosed that the trend from the data showed an increase in men coming forward to report cases of domestic violence, just as he said that this year alone, a total number of 55 men came forward to report in contrast to 14 men that reported last year.

He said the data revealed that most of sexual assault cases were perpetrated in the afternoon during weekdays, while corroborating that 95 percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence are known to the victims, which according to him, necessitated the need to embark on sensitization campaigns for parents on parenting skills and child abuse prevention tips as well as training for children on child’s rights, child abuse, safety and how to preserve evidence.

While some of the cases have been charged to court, Kazeem said the state government through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and other stakeholders, provided shelter for the survivors.

Aside from that, Kazeem said all the survivors of sexual assault received medical attention from comprehensive primary health care centres and referral centres, among other efforts to properly rehabilitate and reintegrate them into the society.

Kazeem, however, noted that under the present administration, the interventions of DSVRT were gradually breaking the silence around issues of sexual and gender based violence in the state.

“There is a growing confidence urging people to speak out more, there is an astronomical increase in reporting of cases in the media. Lagos has indeed revolutionize the way sexual and gender based violence is being tackled in Nigeria with all the pioneering initiatives of Governor (Akinwunmi) Ambode,” Kazeem said.