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Domestic violence: 88 percent of cases lack evidence – Lagos govt

Domestic violence: 88 percent of cases lack evidence – Lagos govt

Mfonobong Akpan

In response to the increasing cases of domestic violence, the Lagos government established laws and an agency, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, coordinated by Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, to provide assistance to victims of the abuse.

A  survey report conducted by the Lagos State Government showed that evidence for 88 percent of cases recorded within Lagos were either destroyed by the abuser or misplaced by the victim.

Domestic violence: 88 percent of cases lack evidence – Lagos govt

A report by the Lagos State Government in 2016 indicated that victims of the cases perpetrated within the period under review could not provide evidence that would assist the agency in court or in settling the case amicably between both spouses when the need arise. This further led to 88 percent of husbands denying ever physically assaulting their wives since their marriages were pronounced.

The report further disclosed that of the 20 percent domestic violence survivors, who had sought the assistance of the government agencies to get redress, 18 percent withdrew their cases from court.

It also disclosed that 85 percent of victims blamed third party interference which includes mother-in-law, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, who probably visited the couple and interfered in the marriage; igniting the domestic violence.

According to the report displayed on graphic visual representations of information, 78 percent of the victims had reported their spouses to religious leaders to persuade them to desist from the act. But the abuser never stops committing the act, arguing that the spouse was involved in extra-marital affairs.

The chart revealed that 98 percent of the husbands stated that they attack their spouse because they believe she was having extra-marital affairs. On why they result to abusing their wives, 70 percent of the perpetrators noted that they were survivors of verbal and emotional abuse while growing up.

The info-graphic further showed that while the abuse persists, efforts by government agencies to persuade the wife in leaving the home to prevent further abuse proved abortive.

The report indicated that the reason for this was because 90 percent of the women were financially dependent on their husbands.

Domestic violence: 88 percent of cases lack evidence – Lagos govt

It argued that 74 percent of the survivors were still interested in the relationship but all they demanded for was that the physical assaults should stop.

On why they are still interested in the relationship, the graphics showed that 98 percent of the abused wanted to remain in the relationship solely for the sake of their children.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on the report, Vivour-Adeniyi told Vanguard that statistics was gotten from survey conducted on perpetrators and victims of domestic violence in the state. She argued that the result of the trend mirrored what was happening in the society, saying, it indicated that Nigeria, United Kingdom and other advanced countries are on the same track on domestic violence trends. According to her, the essence of embarking on the survey was to ascertain if the trend also occurs in Nigeria especially in Lagos State.

The issues varied from lack of trust, thinking that the other partner was having extra-marital affair and third party interference and others.

The statistics on domestic violence was contained in a report conducted by Lagos State Government through DSVRT, titled ‘Trends in Domestic Violence,’ obtained by Vanguard.