194 Lagos men beaten by wives in last 6 months – Report

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, (DSVRT), has stated that 194 males had been beaten by their spouses or partners in the previous six months.

The figure was published by DSVRT in its bi-annual report.

The report, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos,on Wednesday, covers the period from January to June 2021.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figure is 44.33 percent higher than the 108 assault cases reported by men from January 2020 to June 2020.

According to the latest report, the DSVRT, from January 2021 to June 2021, attended to 1,329 cases involving adults.

The data showed that 1,125 of the adults, representing 85% were female, while 194 (15%) were male.

The data revealed that 77% of the adults were married, 11%, single, seven percent widowed and divorced, while 5% were co-habiting.

The DSVRT report revealed that, of the 1,329 adults, 1,236 were aged between 18 years and 45 years, while 93 were 45 years and above.

Further breakdown of the figures showed that 954 adults reported domestic violence, 53 reported rape and 29 reported attempts to commit rape and sexual assault.

The data also showed that 24 people reported sexual assault by penetration and threat, while 269 were for others.

The DSVRT coordinator further said that all the sexual violence cases had been charged to court.

In an interview, the Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that there had been a steady increase in reported cases of gender-based violence on the part of both men and women in the state since 2014.

“Patriarchy is an enemy of everybody because it keeps people in silence”, she stated.

She, however, said that men had difficulty reporting incidents of assault by their partners largely due to cultural norms.

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