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Lagos offers safe haven for domestic, sexual violence survivors

The Lagos State Government has taken the fight against sexual and gender-based violence a step higher by providing shelter for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Lagos State, which is one of the states at the forefront of fighting SGBV through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, announced that it had provided a 30-bed space hostel for the survivors.

Speaking at the opening of the shelter at Ikorodu, the Executive Secretary of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, stated that the haven, a 30-bed space capacity building, was erected to provide immediate shelter services to high-risk survivors of domestic violence.

Vivour-Adeniyi said, “The opening of the shelter is the state government’s prompt response to the burgeoning demand to ensure the preservation of life, safety, stability, empowerment and subsequently the reintegration of Survivors back into society.

“Eko Haven is established to promote hope so that survivors in abusive relationships would find the courage to break the culture of silence, speak up and speak out with the assurance that help is just a call away”.

Vivour-Adeniyi also noted that the government also provides health and psychosocial support in order to help those in the haven overcome trauma.

He said, “Asides from providing accommodation, health, psychosocial support as well as livelihood support would also be integrated and made available for survivors through Eko Haven.

“Our compassionate staff would offer comprehensive support to help survivors address their trauma through empowerment activities, personal and legal advocacy, and in-house psychosocial support.

“The shelter is hosted at a confidential location with on-site security precautions and a gated entry.”

She assured victims and survivors of domestic violence that they are not alone and that there is help accessible, she urged them to reach out to DSVA through their number, 08000 333 333 or visit their office located at Nobel House, Plot A, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Central Business District. Alausa.

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