Intimate partner violence

    • Brief

    • In Nigeria, intimate partner violence is forbidden by law.

      Hitting a partner can be punished. When this violence causes lasting injuries to the victim, the punishment can be more severe. Not only physical violence but also harassment and verbal violence can be punished.

    • How to get help

    • If you find yourself in an emergency situation and are afraid of further violence, you can go to specialised organizations for help.

      You can also go to the police immediately to file a complaint. They are obliged to respect your privacy. If you are afraid of further violence, the police can protect you. The police are obliged to treat you in a respectful and correct way.

      In Lagos State, you can reach out to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) through phone 0800 033 3333.

    • Help for perpetrators

    • If you feel that you have been violent in a relationship or you feel that there is a risk that you will become violent towards another person, you can seek help. Therapy can help you to talk about your feelings and behaviour and to prevent you from becoming violent (again).