From left to right: Attorney General of the Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilola Shitta-Bey, Lagos State Presiding Judge Judge Kazeem Alogba and the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Sexual and Domestic Violence Agency (DSVA) , Ms. Titilola Viviour-Adeniyi during the training of Judges and Magistrates in lkeja on wednesday 16 november
The Lagos state government, through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), on Wednesday trained judges and magistrates on best practices for adjudicating sexual and gender-based violence cases in the state.
Speaking during the training, Lagos State Chief Judge Judge Kazeem Alogba said there was a need to address SGBV cases through a practical holistic approach, through intensive training for parties interested.
Alogba said the availability of forensic facilities for evidence, investigation and collection; aggressive sensitization against the social stigmatization of victims/survivors would go a long way in increasing the confidence of victims to report.
He also said that the provision of psychosocial support services; facilitating counseling support groups for survivors would further boost their confidence and integration into society.
The presiding judge raised concerns about witness protection in court and encouraged the government to provide technological devices to interview or collect witness statements, either virtually or physically.
Alogba said that more internal training would lead to a timely/fast adjudication of justice.
Also speaking, the Attorney General of the Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, praised DSVA‘s successful provision of immense support and assistance to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual crimes, particularly children and women in an unpleasant environment. .
Shitta-Bey said the rising rate of cases received and handled was a concern for the state.
He said that the threat of SGBV required a comprehensive collaborative effort, as survivors deserved to be treated with sensitivity and empathy at all stages of the criminal process, taking into account their traumatic and psychological state.
Earlier, in her welcome speech, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Sexual and Domestic Violence Agency (DSVA), Ms. Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the training was most convincing at a time when cases of VSG were on the rise.
Viviour-Adeniyi said the goal was to address easy access to justice and faster turnaround for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Source Credit: NAN
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