The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria, (PWAN), in collaboration with Ford Foundation, has kick-started a campaign for survivors-centred policing of gender-based violence cases in Nigeria.
The Executive Director, Partners West Africa Nigeria, Kemi Okentedo, noted that the group worked in the areas of security, governance and criminal justice reform as they also looked at issues from the perspectives of women.
Worried over the gap in response to gender-based issues and the criminal justice system in the country, the PWAN, stressed that victims of sexual violence should not be put up.
According to the group, the focus should be getting the perpetrators prosecuted and punished to serve as deterrent.
Okentedo said, Interfacing with the police or any other law enforcement agency will help curb some of these acts as responsive policing won’t put the victims at the centre.
She added that the existing gap could be addressed through an inter- agency coordination, inter-sectorial coordination and other players that are not government actors but could provide other forms of services, shelter, medical and social support.
She noted that the research was made possible with support from Ford Foundation towards promoting survival-centered policing in the country, adding that some of the key findings from the research include rape, wife battering, spousal abuse and defilement.