The  Lagos State Government has said it would partner with the Italy Consulate to tackle the menace of domestic and sexual violence in the state.

According to a statement on Sunday, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, disclosed this when she paid a working visit to the Consul General of Italy, on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Vivour-Adeniyi said, “The aim of the visit was also to improve the collaboration between the agency and the Consulate, especially in building the capacity of responder agencies in investigating sexual and gender-based violence cases.

“We decry the high rate of sexual and gender-based violence in recent times and securing the support and assistance of well-meaning individuals and organisations will help the DSVA in its efforts to eradicate the menace in Lagos State.”

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In his response, the Consul General of Italy, Mr Ugo Boni, commended the DSVA for its efforts and noted that it will work with the government to tackle human trafficking.

“I condemn the stigma being faced by survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and there is a need for specialised, dedicated, and trained police personnel who would be saddled with the responsibility of investigating all cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Lagos.

“The Consulate is partnering with the Nigerian government, especially in the area of human trafficking and capacity building of relevant responder agencies across the country,” he said.

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