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Published On: Sat, Jul 14th, 2018
News | By reed

Project Alert Steps Up Campaign Against Traumatised Children

Efforts to address the high rate of child abuse, may have received the desired boost as a Nigerian based NGO, ‘Project Alert Violence Against Women’, recently kicked off a campaign to raise awareness on the effects of domestic violence on young children.

Tagged, ‘Break the Cycle’, the campaign, which aims to advocate zero tolerance for domestic violence, especially as its harmful effects rub off on children, is releasing a series of poignant videos which take a deeper look into the realities of children from domestic violent homes in Nigeria.

 A statement by the executive director, Project Alert Violence Against Women, Josephine Effah Chukwuma, maintained that, while there are statistics on women facing domestic violence, an often-overlooked issue is the effect of domestic violence on the children that are first hand witnesses of the abuse.

According to UNICEF, “Reliable data on violence against children in Nigeria is scarce because violence is often regarded as ‘normal’, such as within the family circle.”

 In May 2018, the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, condemned the increasingly alarming rates of domestic violence in the state.

‘’Domestic violence has a huge impact on children who live in such toxic environments. The environment is tense, unpredictable and often dominated by the fear of what would happen to themselves, their mother and siblings. Children, who live in such homes, suffer physical, psychological and emotional trauma.

“Children in domestic violence situations, are also used and manipulated by the abusive parent against the other. They may be caught in the middle of an assault, either by accident or intentionally, by the abuser. They could be injured, if being held by the mother, at the time the abuser strikes. They can also be directly targeted by the abuser, in a situation where he cannot reach their mother. They can look fine on the outside, but inside, they are in deep pain,” Chukwuma added.

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