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Lagos govt conducts therapy sessions for perpetuators of domestic violence

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The Lagos State Government, under the aegis of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), has conducted support and healing group therapy sessions for over fifty (50) male perpetrators of domestic violence.

Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, the Lagos State DSVA Executive Secretary, was present at the Novel House Office in Alausa, Ikeja.

According to her, the objective of the intervention programme was hinged on the psychosocial wellness of the citizens of the state.

This, Adeniyi said, comes following the alarming increase of sexual and gender-based violence cases, according to statistical data research results conducted by the agency.

She said the support and healing group session was aimed at psychoeducating the perpetrators on better ways to manage their emotions when triggered.

Vivour-Adeniyi revealed that further research showed that most perpetrators were victims of similar traumas as children, and there was a need to help the perpetrators heal from their childhood traumas that may have contributed to their abusive behaviour in adulthood.

She further stressed that the sessions would make perpetrators accountable and ensure they take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming their victims for their actions.

She further revealed that the session would assist perpetrators in unlearning unhealthy negative coping skills that have led to violence in the past and equip them with healthy coping skills to manage their anger, communicate effectively, and maintain peaceful and harmonious relationships.

It would be recalled that the programme started on the 10th of June 2023 and was run through the 9th day of August 2023. The sessions were done on a weekly basis for a period of eight (8) weeks, and at the end of the sessions, the perpetrators expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Government for the sessions.

Mrs. Vivour-Adeniyi assured that the sessions would continue, especially for survivors who were desirous of remaining in the relationship but, however, wanted the abuse to stop.

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