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Lagos govt, CEWHIN train legal practitioners on GBV prevention, others

By By Waliat Musa and Boluwatife Williams
18 November 2022   |   1:11 am
Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), in collaboration with Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), has trained judges and legal aid counsel on approaches to justice in ensuring survivors get appropriate legal representation.

Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), in collaboration with Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), has trained judges and legal aid counsel on approaches to justice in ensuring survivors get appropriate legal representation.

Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the aim of the training was to address easy access to justice and foster justice delivery to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

ALSO, Director of Administration, CEWHIN, Atinuke Odukoya, urged legal practitioners to work towards GBV prevention, protection and prosecution, with the need for a coordinated response and referral pathway for handling cases of GBV.

Corroborating her views, Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Titilayo Shitta-Bey, stated that the peculiar nature of the crimes requires special attention by all stakeholders involved in the process of administration of justice.

She said that survivors of domestic and sexual violence offences deserved to be treated delicately with empathy at every stage of the criminal process in the pursuit of justice, bearing in mind the trauma and psychological issues associated with the crime.