The Lagos State Government led by Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Fund. The Fund among other things will provide the required support and empowerment designed specifically for survivors of domestic violence.
The development was announced by State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who disclosed that the Fund would further compliment the current empowerment programmes coordinated by the Ministry of Women Affairs.
According to Kazeem, the fund will provide immediate financial assistance to high risk victims during their quest for justice either by providing transportation, empowerment tailored towards relocation or any other form of financial allowance where necessary, adding that the fund would also be made available to implement support strategies with a view to increase the capacity of responder agencies.
The Attorney-General, who is the head of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), said the state government was not relenting in its fight against s3xual and domestic violence.
According to him, the Agency had handled 852 cases between January 2017 till date, saying this was in stark contrast to the total number of cases handled last year which was 450.
“This year, we have handled 564 Domestic Violence cases, 60 defilement cases, 30 Rape cases, 11 Attempted Rape, 123 Child Neglect and Child abuse cases and 84 other cases. We have started to see on average 100 new cases monthly,” he said.
He added that “this has necessitated the need to embark on sensitization campaigns for parents on parenting skills and child abuse prevention tips as well as trainings for children on Child’s Rights, Child Abuse, safety and how to preserve evidence.”