Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has identified domestic violence as a real tragedy faced by many citizens in the society, stating that it required only collaborative effort to address.
Speaking during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lagos organised by the state Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, DSVRT, Ambode said aside legislation, a sustained, coordinated and multi-level approach across all sectors of the society was needed to end domestic violence.
He maintained that all sectors in the society, such as the police, health, justice, education and social services must be involved.
In his words, “My administration is fully committed to drastically increase the rate of conviction of offenders to serve as deterrent based on the fact that domestic violence is considered a serious crime in Lagos State.
“We have ensured that the right laws are in place; infrastructure and support system are being worked on; and I recently approved the purchase of rescue vehicles to respond timely to distress call. We are in the process of establishing more shelter and transit homes as support services for victims and would-be survivors of domestic violence.
“The government alone cannot do it and I urge you all to continue to partner and participate in these sensitisation campaigns as this is the key driver of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.”
He urged that partnership and participation were the only means that could bring succour to victims in Lagos State and ultimately eradicate this menace from the society.