The Lagos State government says a total of eight hundred and fifty-two cases of domestic violence and related cases were recorded in the state between January and September 2017. Out of the 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.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, stated this on Tuesday in Alausa to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month. He said the data showed an increase in men reporting cases of domestic violence, saying a total of 55 men came forward to report in 2017 compared to 14 men who reported in 2016.
While some of the cases have been charged to court, Kazeem said the state government, through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, in partnership with other stakeholders, provided shelter for the survivors.
He noted that the state government will soon launch a short service code that would afford residents the opportunity of reporting cases of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse and other related offences with ease. The commissioner says the initiative is aimed at ensuring that victims of all forms of abuse reach out to the appropriate agencies and receive timely information on what to do and where to get assistance.