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Help for Domestic Violence

Several sources of help for persons in domestic violence situations are provided below.  These sources are updated as often as possible.

Helplines: For information or help in domestic abuse situations

Call the lines below:

Federal Government of Nigeria Toll Free Number for Violation of Girls and Women – 080072732255

CHELD Domestic Violence Helplines – 0810 757 2829; 0813 164 3208

Project Alert – 234-1-8209387; 08052004698; 08180091072

Police: The Police in Nigeria are one of the avenues of receiving help in issues of domestic violence.  They are often more effective when the harm done is of a grievous nature, including in situations of murder and assault which results in hospitalisations.  However, there are many limitations.  Although several organisations in Nigeria are working to improve the sensitivity of the police to domestic violence issues, and the need to enforce relevant laws, much remains to be done in this respect.  There is often a tendency to label domestic violence issues a “family affair” with victims encouraged to resolve things within the family.  Corruption also remains a major problem.  It is important to bear these issues in mind as one proceeds to determine how to deal with a domestic violence situation.

Counselling Services and Support: Many organisations listed in the Organisations page offer counselling as part of their services, formally and informally.

WelfareCentres: These centres typically work to provide support to victims of different kinds of abuse, including domestic abuse.  Some of their work includes assisting women to receive support from their spouses for the upkeep of children where a separation has occurred.  Corruption can be an issue here also.  Stories have been related by women who had their children taken away by welfare centres on less than reasonable grounds.  In most of those cases, suspicions existed of a corrupted process.

Legal Support: Please see our Legal Support page for organisations focused on providing legal assistance.

Organisations

Below, you will find a list of organisations that provide information, help, and assistance in cases of domestic abuse and violence.  Several government and non-governmental organisations are working to ensure justice for victims and survivors through the provision of legal assistance, educating judicial and law enforcement, creating more widespread awareness creation of the problems and impacts of domestic violence, counselling for the survivors, counselling for the children of victims and survivors, material support for survivors, establishment of shelters and the establishment of anger management programmes.Information about such organisations and links to their websites where available are provided below. Such organisations are listed below.  Although they may provide some help, faith-based organisations are not included here.

Various Women Affairs Ministries at the State and Federal levels

Centre for Health Ethics Law and Development

Project Alert on Violence against Women

WRAPA

WACOL

BAOBAB on Human Rights – Tel: 234 1 4747931, 01-8980834, Tel/Fax: 234 1 4962302, Mobile: 234 (0) 802 333 0981 Emails:baobab@baobabwomen.org; baobabwomen@yahoo.com

 

Media Concern Initiative (Child Sexual Abuse)  – 13 Anthony Otti Street
By Bolthine International Schools
Off Akingbade Street, Baba Ijesha B/stop
Aboru, IyanaIpaja
Lagos, Nigeria.

Telephone Numbers: 01-8944915; 080-2333-1036; 080-5820-7164; 080-9952-2487

Email: helponline@mediaconcern.net; counsel@mediaconcern.net

 

WellBeing Foundation Nigeria

http://www.wbfafrica.org/

 

Legal Support

There are various avenues of legal support.  On this page, you will find information about organisations that provide legal support, including legal advice, law practitioners working in the areas of domestic violence, legal organisations, and legal funds.   You will also find a compendium of legislation related to domestic violence and related concerns.

Legal Organisations

Abuja Family Law Clinic – 4B Oyo Street, Area 2, Garki, Abuja; www.lesleyagams.com; 0809 11

WRAPA

Legislation

Cross Rivers State

Ebonyi State

Ekiti State – Gender-based Violence Prohibition Law, 2011

Lagos State – Prohibition Against Domestic Violence Law

Criminal Code

 

Shelters

Several of the organisations listed on the Organisations page, have shelters in which persons affected by domestic violence can take refuge.   A few state governments have shelters also.

Some organisations and governments and the general locations of the shelters:

Lagos State – Lagos

Project Alert – Lagos

WACOL – Enugu

The specific addresses of these shelters are kept secret for the safety and well-being of the persons they cater for.  If you are considering leaving and are in need of a safe place, please contact organisations on the Organisation page.

 

Help for Domestic Violence

Helplines: For information or help in domestic abuse situations Call the lines below:
Federal Government of Nigeria Toll Free Number for Violation of Girls and Women
080072732255
CHELD Domestic Violence Helplines
0810 757 2829; 0813 164 3208
Project Alert - 234-1-8209387; 08052004698; 08180091072

Contact Us

Domestic Violence Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: +234-8103235860
Email: info@cheld.org, cheluchi@cheld.org