Hit your woman and go to jail - New Domestic Violence Law in Lagos State

By 07:23 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 Comments

There's a new Domestic Violence Law in

Lagos State, and it states that if you beat

your wife, you will go to Jail. It is now an

offense for any man to hit his wife.

According to the deputy governor of Lagos

State, Hon Joke Orelope-Adefulire, the

Domestic Violence Law is made not only to

protect women who are most times the

target of violence in the home but also to

safeguard the interest of men, children,

servants, maids and everyone who may

be a victim of domestic violence.

In case of man/woman abuse issues, it

does not matter whether there's a valid

contracted marriage between the victim

and the perpetrator of the act as long as

they are living together in a home setting.


Here's what happens when there's a case

of domestic violence.

1. Remove the abuser from the home

pending when the abuse is corrected

2. Or remove the complainant from the

residence and put in a protective home

3. Provision of financial assistance by the

state via the Office of the Public Defender/

Legal Aid Council to victims of abuse who

maybe financially unable to seek redress in


4. The court can issue warrant of arrest

and remand order



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