The Lagos Government through its  Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has commenced the provision of Support and Healing Group Sessions for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.

Executive Secretary DSVA, Titilola Vivour Adeniyi revealed that commencing the program was in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu’s commitment and resolve to provide holistic response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the State.

She said the worrisome increase in cases of Domestic Violence has informed the necessity to address the trend.

She revealed that the program would tackle the root causes of Domestic violence: Support and the healing group sessions would help identify and address the underlying factors contributing to the perpetrator’s violent behavior as results from research had shown that these domestic violence cases stems from deep-seated issues such as unresolved trauma, anger management problems, substance abuse, or learned patterns of violence.

She highlighted that without psychological  intervention, there is a risk that they may perpetuate the cycle of violence in their own relationships or pass it on to future generations, hence  through  strategic intervention, Perpetrators can gain insight into these factors and develop healthier coping strategies and also break the cycle of violence that the support and healing group sessions can avail.

Vivour-Adeniyi likewise disclosed that these structured intervention sessions would enable Perpetrators gain insights into alternative coping mechanisms, conflict resolution skills, and healthy relationship dynamics.

Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency

15th June, 2023

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