How to report domestic abuse

One of the most important numbers you can have on hand is the Domestic Violence Hotline. Don’t think you’ll ever need it? Consider this fact: one out of every four women in Nigeria personally encounters domestic violence in their lifetime. That’s a whopping 25% of all women. And men, you’re not immune either. At least one in nine men are victims of domestic abuse. Thankfully, there’s plenty of help available in dealing with the national domestic violence problem.

When should you report domestic violence?

Whether you’re a victim of domestic violence or merely an observer, you should report domestic violence the moment the first punch is thrown. Call one of the numbers at the end of this post immediately and tell the operator every detail you can about the abuser, the situation, and the violent acts performed, including whether or not a weapon was involved. If you’re the victim, try making it to a safe crowded place and wait for the police. Observing the abuse in action? Call for help and find somewhere to hide out until the authorities arrive.

Encourage yourself to make that call

Besides acknowledging the problem, a battered victim’s first and most crucial step is contacting a domestic abuse hotline. Begin your journey to recovery with the Helplines provided by Lagos State Government. You’ll speak with helpline advocates who can provide domestic abuse help by assisting with crisis intervention, safety planning, and giving you a local domestic abuse hotline number. Making that first call may be the hardest thing you ever do in your life, but it’ll also be the most liberating. You deserve to live your life free of abuse and with just one phone call, you can start walking down that path to freedom. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you will always have an interested ear on the other end of the line. Call at 5 p.m. Pick up the phone at 2 a.m. Make contact at noon. It doesn’t matter. Just call any toll-free domestic abuse helpline and know that your conversation will be kept strictly confidential as you get the help you need and certainly deserve.

Lagos State Domestic Abuse Helplines

  1. 0805-754-2266
  2. 0810-267-8443


Do not hesitate to make the call, your safety and that of any victim is paramount.

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