The Lagos State government through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, (DSVA) opened the ‘EKO HAVEN;, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. This is part of the state government’s commitment to ensuring that holistic support is provided for survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Executive Secretary DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi at the opening, revealed that the Shelter located in Ikorodu axis of Lagos, is a 30-bed space capacity to provide immediate shelter services to high-risk survivors of domestic violence.
She said opening the shelter was the state government’s prompt response to the burgeoning demand to ensure the preservation of life, safety, stability, empowerment and subsequently, the reintegration of survivors back into the society.
According to Vivour- Adeniyi, “the establishment of Eko Haven is in keeping with the DSVA’s statutory mandate of establishing shelters across all divisions of the state”
She expressed hope that the establishment of the center will help break the culture of silence on gender and sexual abuse which has allowed the evil to thrive.
“With this intervention, it is our hope that survivors in abusive relationships would find the courage to break the culture of silence, speak up and speak out with the assurance that help is just a call away”.
She added that the center will offer holistic support. “Asides from providing accommodation, health, psychosocial support as well as livelihood support would also be integrated and made available for survivors through Eko Haven.
“Our compassionate staff would offer comprehensive support to help survivors address their trauma through empowerment activities, personal and legal advocacy and in-house psychosocial support”.
According to the DSVA executive secretary, “the shelter is hosted at a confidential location with on-site security precautions”
She gave assurance that any victim or survivor of domestic violence should realize that they are not alone and that help accessible.
“Please reach out to us on 08000 333 333 or at our office located at Novel House, Plot A, Otunba Jobi Fele Way, Central Business District. Alausa,” she stated.
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