Hit your woman and go to jail - New Domestic Violence Law in Lagos State
There's a new Domestic Violence Law in
Lagos State, and it states that if you beat
your wife, you will go to Jail. It is now an
offense for any man to hit his wife.
According to the deputy governor of Lagos
State, Hon Joke Orelope-Adefulire, the
Domestic Violence Law is made not only to
protect women who are most times the
target of violence in the home but also to
safeguard the interest of men, children,
servants, maids and everyone who may
be a victim of domestic violence.
In case of man/woman abuse issues, it
does not matter whether there's a valid
contracted marriage between the victim
and the perpetrator of the act as long as
they are living together in a home setting.
Here's what happens when there's a case
of domestic violence.
1. Remove the abuser from the home
pending when the abuse is corrected
2. Or remove the complainant from the
residence and put in a protective home
3. Provision of financial assistance by the
state via the Office of the Public Defender/
Legal Aid Council to victims of abuse who
maybe financially unable to seek redress in
4. The court can issue warrant of arrest
and remand order
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