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Ambode links domestic violence to dysfunctional family


domestic-violenceLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday identified linked the rising cases of domestic violence in the society to dysfunctional family background.

Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House during the family day celebration hosted by the state government in commemoration of the International Family Day, said acts of terror and violence which have affected global security could be traced to the absence of strong family ties, and advised parents to spend more time with their children despite their busy schedules.

The governor said: “Most of the recorded incidence of domestic violence are as a result of dysfunctional family backgrounds. Our traditional family cohesion and bond has been weakened due to daily life challenges of trying to make ends meet.

“We must, as a matter of urgency, in spite of the demanding pace of life pause and find time to reconnect with our families. Our families need us; our children need us. The family always provides emotional support in times of need. We have family members in need of emotional, physical and moral support. The support and encouragement given to a family member today can prevent a violent act of terror or suicide tomorrow.”

Speaking on the essence of the international celebration which was designated by the United Nations, Governor Ambode said everyone was born into a family and that the most important moments of people’s lives have taken place in the family, saying it was for that reason that the international body places a lot of emphasis on the family as a key factor in human relations thereby setting aside May 15 every year to celebrate the value of the family bond across ethnic, religious, social and economic divide.

The wife of the governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, said without communication, social interaction, love and mutual respect for one another, a family cannot be united or peaceful.

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