Lagos launches App to combat domestic, SGBV violence
In an effort to combat domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence in the state, the Lagos State Government has launched a mobile application.
According to PMNews, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency unveiled the App on Tuesday.
Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the Executive Secretary, DSVA, stated at the launch of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Case Management System that the platform would ensure that cases were promptly reported and properly managed.
Vivour-Adeniyi also stated that the 2020 COVID pandemic, with its attendant challenges, provided an opportunity for service providers and the state to look inwardly, identify system flaws, and re-strategize on ways to improve service delivery.
According to the DSVA executive secretary, the Joint EU-UN Spotlight initiative provided support to the Lagos State Government through the development of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Unified Response Protocol and Referral Pathway Document (the first of its kind in Nigeria), which was ratified in 2021.
She explained that a portion of the funding would go toward the creation of a Case Management Mobile Application, which would be both a mobile (Android and iOS) and web portal.
Vivour-Adeniyi, on the other hand, added that the handling and management of sexual and gender-based violence cases was currently done manually from start to finish.
In her words:
This therefore slows down the process of providing services, especially as sexual and gender based violence responders are duty bound to respond to incidents timeously.
By virtue of the DSVCMS, we would be able to attend to cases, make necessary referrals to responder agencies and manage cases digitally, thereby optimising our operational efficiency.
In essence, DSVCMS digitalises management of cases, end to end, across the relevant responder agencies.
Vivour-Adeniyi also stated that the information on the app would be accessible to the entire ecosystem for the sake of accountability.
Other advantages of the app include improved case follow-up and ensuring all relevant responder agencies are involved.