As part of effort to ensure peaceful family coexistence and reduce the menace of domestic violence in the society, the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, has treated 234 cases of domestic violence and empowered several women within the last one year.

The Commissioner, Mrs. Lola Akande, who disclosed this yesterday in Lagos, during a briefing in commemoration of the first year in office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, added that the Ministry received 382 mails on domestic violence and 553 distress calls of which 234 cases were successfully treated.

She said: “Domestic violence has both imme-diate and long term effects and manifest as physical and emotional pains, harm, injury, humiliation and degradation, permanent and partial disability, separation, divorce, suicide and needless loss of precious lives.

“In a bid to create awareness and reduce domestic violence, we have continued to organise various enlightenment and advocacy programmes, prosecution, rehabilitation and integration of survivors as well as training various women through the state empowerment programmes.”

She explained that the ministry had economically empowered over 164 women in vocational and skill acquisition programmes, while 100 counsellors in public secondary schools in Education District IV were trained in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in guardians and counsellors courses.

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