The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has reiterated that domestic violence was not a family affairs rather a criminal offence and a breach of fundamental human rights. ‘Incest, rape, abuse and all other forms of domestic violence cannot be a domestic affair,’ the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun had said at a programme on ‘Domestic Violence: Breaking the Cycle, Dealing with the Consequences’ in Lagos.
The programme, jointly organized by UNIC Lagos and Warien Rose Foundation, was attended by students, media and other members of the public. Speaking further, Mr Soremekun called on victims to speak out and seek help, being a bold step to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. He added that everyone should revisit family and societal values which place premium on good conduct and good family name.
In her opening remarks, the President of Warien Rose Foundation, Ms Efe Anaughe, expressed concern about the alarming rate of domestic violence especially those related to sexual assault, child abuse and rape.
Delivering a keynote address on the occasion, the Information Manager of Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA), Mr Timothy Melaye, noted that domestic violence ‘is a problem for all of us, no one knows the next victim, could be your brother, sister, friend, neighbour, cousin, niece, nephew, son, daughter or even you.’ He therefore, called on all Nigerians to work to raise our voice against this, shame it, shout it down and support the victims.