Minister urges unified action against domestic violence culprits
Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has affirmed that domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness in families, urging unified action against culprits.
Tallen said this yesterday at a workshop on domestic violence for wives of state governors and women in leadership in the north, organised by Prime Unique Women Initiative (PUWI) in partnership with her ministry in Abuja.
She said the issue of domestic violence could not be over-flogged, as it kept increasing by the day, leaving victims either traumatised or even dead.
“Curbing domestic violence requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders. Who better leads this conversation than women leaders who double as mothers in their states?
“Statistics has it that domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families and that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten,” she said.
The minister lamented that seven million children live in families where severe partner violence occurred, while more than three million witness domestic violence in their homes.
Domestic violence, she said, can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income or other factors; hence the urgency for all stakeholders to expose perpetrators of the act to face the wrath of the law.
“It became really worrisome at the onset of the Coronavirus Disease when there was a spike in the reported cases of domestic violence. I wonder about the unreported cases, and on a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls to domestic violence hotlines nationwide,” she said.
Convener of the workshop, Dr. Folake Yobah, explained that women, children and, sometimes, men fall victim to domestic violence; hence the workshop sought to proffer solutions.
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