Ending Sexual Violence in Lagos

INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State Government has trained judges and magistrates on best practices for adjudicating sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) cases in the state through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency.

The Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Kazeem Alogba, stressed the importance of tackling sexual and gender-based violence cases through a hands-on holistic approach through intensive training for stakeholders in his keynote address at the training program.

He stated that the availability of forensic facilities for evidence gathering and investigation, aggressive social stigmatization of victims/survivors, and the provision of psychosocial support services would boost survivors’ confidence and integration into society.

The chief judge, who also expressed concerns about witness protection in court and urged the government to provide technology gadgets to interview or collect witness statements either virtually or physically, assured that more in-house training would be organized to ensure timely/prompt adjudication of justice.

Titilayo Shitta-Bey, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary lauded the DSVA’s successful provision of immense support and assistance to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual crimes, particularly children and women in a hostile environment, adding that the increasing rate of cases received and handled by the DSVA is a source of concern for the state.

Shitta-Bey also maintained that the threat of SGBV necessitated a comprehensive collaborative effort because survivors deserve to be treated delicately and with empathy at all stages of the criminal process, taking their traumatic and psychological state into account.

Earlier in her welcome, the Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, Mrs. Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, stated that the training was especially important at the time because SGBV cases were on the rise, and the goal was to address easy access to justice and faster delivery to Survivors of

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