The Lagos State Government has sealed a partnership with Airtel Nigeria, where the telecom service provider would provide network Shortcode (6820), that will encourage victims and other residents to urgently report cases of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse across the metropolis.
The partnership entails Lagos leading the campaign through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) while Airtel provides network resource for the short-code and other telecoms related support.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative today (16/10/16), the Director of Citizens Right, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Clara Omotilewa Ibirogba, who also chairs the DSVRT, said the use of technology in combatting sexual and gender based violence is the first of its kind in Nigeria, noting that Lagos state is optimistic that the short-code will yield great results in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence.
Explaining how the short-code is used, Ibirogba said victims or eyewitness can either dial *6820# or send an SMS to 6820 using the key word, child abuse. Upon sending the SMS, users will receive information on steps to take for the respective case (rape, child abuse, domestic violence, etc).
The short code will enable the government to gather information that can be used for the formulation of prevention policies for Lagos state. “A report would also be logged and forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement Agency or Ministry,” she said.
She also commended Airtel Nigeria for its support to the campaign and for backing the State to fight the ugly incidents of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abuse.