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‘Why domestic violence persists among couples’
•Participants at the event

The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, has said no fewer than 60 per cent of domestic violence survivors, who got married under the Matrimonial Causes Act, saw abusive signs in their prospective spouse but still proceeded with the union.Peder B. Helland –

Mrs. Vivour-Adeniyi spoke at a one-day engagement programme organised for state marriage registrars by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

120 marriage registrars and their deputies from all local council development areas attended the programme.

Vivour-Adeniyi  said this explained why the  state government decided to introduce compulsory ’marital effectiveness preparatory counselling’ for intending couples to ensure they are proactively addressed about domestic and sexual violence in the state.

She said it had become expedient for marriage registrars to provide professional support to prospective couples in their respective areas.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government , Mrs. Kikelomo Sanyaolu, who was represented by the Director, Local Government, Mr. Kazeem Amodu, expressed the readiness of the ministry to address domestic violence in the state.

A participant, Mr. Deji Sokeye, who is also the national president of Local Government Registrars of Marriage in Nigeria, reassured the state of their commitment to embracing the initiative.

The facilitators at the one-day programme tutored the participants on emerging issues which included Gender and Sex Roles, Understanding Domestic Violence, Statutory Roles of Marriage Registries, Family System Engineering and Introduction into the Curriculum of the Lagos State Marital Effectiveness Preparatory Counseling

They included Executive Director, Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Mrs. Tinuke Odukoya, founder, Institute of Marriage Administrators and Counselors of Nigeria, Mr. Oladele Temilade  and the founder of Family Life, Praise Fowowe.