The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) yesterday has stated that 950 domestic and sexual violence cases have been reported this year alone, compared to about 452 cases laste year, representing a 100% increase.
The alternate chairman of DSVRT, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba, made this statement while addressing newsmen at the unveiling of 6820 Short Message Service (SMS) short-code for the reporting of domestic and sexual violence.
Ibirogba said the short-code was developed to ensure every Lagos resident is able to report and receive prompt response to incidents of rape, domestic and child abuse. According to her, by simply dialing *6820# or send an SMS to 6820, users will be fed information on steps to take for the respective cases
“Aside from the immediate response this technology solution would provide victims, activating 6820 would also assist the state government in gathering and collating incident information, generate heat-maps within the metropolis, providing automated daily and monthly reporting, comprehensive central database, information system and analytics and data that can be used for formulation of prevention policies in the state.”
Also, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) will today commence advocacy campaign across the three senatorial districts to sensitize Lagosians on the significance of the emergency toll-free number 112/767, just as the state government expressed readiness to ensure adequate and timely response to any form of emergency/security incident in any part of the state.