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Published On: Mon, Aug 15th, 2016

Domestic violence: Lawyer calls for training of health personnel

A legal practitioner, Muiz Banire (SAN), has called for more training for health workers in responding to victims of domestic violence.

Banire who is the National Legal Adviser to the All Progressive Congress (APC) spoke as the guest lecturer  at the Annul Seminar of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Lagos Chapter with theme, “ Domestic Violence: Task for All.”

According to Banire,  there was need to educate health workers to look out for suspected cases of domestic violence and refer to appropriate agencies for further action.

“There is need to educate health officials to look out for suspected cases of domestic violence. If a woman comes to the hospital with injuries and when you ask she says she had a fall, if the injuries are unlikely to be sustained from a fall, you need to investigate. Ask more questions,” he counseled.

Also speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Adbdulhakeem  Abdullateef,  advised  that rather than handle cases of domestic violence as ‘family matter”, it should be treated as a medical problem, saying, most perpetrators of  domestic violence have  psychiatric problems.

Abdullateef who “Many men or women who beat their wife or husband have psychiatric problem.

If your husband is violent, don’t think it is family meeting that will solve it. Many problems are medical problems.”

Earlier in her address, the Chairperson of NAWOJ(Lagos State Chapter) Mrs Sekinat Lawal said the choice of the theme of the workshop was to draw attention to the rising spate of domestic violence as a call to action for all stakeholders to end the menace

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