Concerned about recent increase in domestic violence issues, Do we have any section of the Nigeria law that addresses domestic violence? And What steps can a woman take if she's a victim of domestic violence?
Human Rights • Asked - May 13 2017, 04:26 PM
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Reply by Sandra Olojede (Lawyer)
In Nigeria we have laws in some states that dwell on domestic violence, such as The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP ACT), Prohibition Against Domestic Violence Law No 15, 2007 of Lagos State and the Gender-Based Violation (Prohibition) Law, 2011 of Ekiti State.The VAPP Act is the federal Act but yet to be enacted into law in some states. And the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is the regulatory agency saddled with this responsibility. The act prohibits all forms of violence against persons in public and private life. It includes spousal battery, forceful ejection from home, forced financial dependence or economic abuse, harmful widowhood practices, female circumcision or genital mutilation, harmful traditional practices, substance attacks such as acid baths, political violence and violence by state actors (especially government security forces) are offences( http://venturesafrica.com/why-nigerias-new-violence-against-persons-prohibition-act-is-only-the-beginning/ ). Where a person is a victim of domestic violence, such a person may write to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to provide qualified service providers to handle the case. On the other hand, such a person may make complaint to the Nigerian Police Force, as it has a special unit to handle such cases, after which it would be referred to court for determination.Posted - May 17 2017, 09:47 AM
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