In a bid to ensure the total eradication of sexual and gender-based violence in Lagos state, the government has trained 190 responders to tend to sexual, and gender-based crimes of violence .
A press statement from the office of the chief press secretary to the governor said that the training of 190 officials from the domestic and sexual violence response team has just been concluded. The participants are said to have been equipped with the skills on how to obtain reports regarding crimes of sex and gender-based violence within the state.
The full press release is detailed unaltered below.
In line with the quest of the Lagos State Government to ensure that victims of Sexual and Gender Based Violence have a voice and concerned members of the public who wish to report acts of violence are able to do so with utmost confidentiality, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has concluded training for 190 officials of the State Emergency Command And Control Centre on how to receive reports of Sexual and Gender Based Violence incidents in the State.
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The coordinator of DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adenyi, told journalists that the officials were trained on how to receive reports of sexual and gender-based violence.
The state government also approved the use of 112 toll free emergency lines to report cases of rape, defilement, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect maltreatment and other sexual assaults, assuring that information provided will be passed across, while the concerned agencies will be notified immediately.
She said aside from the dissemination of the information to the appropriate agencies for appropriate action, callers would be informed of relevant steps to be taken, depending on the nature of the call.
“They would also be given details; addresses and telephone numbers of the relevant agencies that would handle their issues, that is, for cases of rape or defilement, they can report such to the Mirabel Centre or the Office of the Public Defender (OPD)”, Vivour-Adeniyi said.
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She said necessary steps have been put in place to help victims of domestic violence get adequate help and counselling as well as free legal services from the OPD.
“The essence of this initiative is to encourage victims and members of the public to make use of the 112 toll free emergency lines in order to ensure access to justice irrespective of class and means”, she said.
Meanwhile, the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration has made it clear that it has zero tolerance for perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence crimes, hence the state government enjoined victims of sexual and gender-based violence to speak out as the state government is ready to fight all such causes and ensure justice is served.
The state government inaugurated the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in September 2014 in response to the increase in reports of rape, defilement, domestic violence, child abuse, neglect and maltreatment in the state.