Practical support services are very important in protecting the rights of the abused women/girls. This is because advocating for their rights without protecting those rights when infringed upon leaves the women more vulnerable and frustrated. Thus, we render practical support service to female victims of violence. These services include: counseling, legal aid, shelter, skill acquisition and medical support.
- Individual and group counseling for victims of abuse. While individual counseling is aimed at dealing with specific client's case; group counseling is aimed at encouraging victims to see themselves as survivors and gather strength from the experiences of each other.
- The counseling department also organizes quarterly survivors’ forum, during which a motivational speaker on a particular issue of relevance to the survivors, is invited to speak to them.
- Referral to specialists for medical attention and hospital accompaniment.
Our team of lawyers, provide a range of legal services to female victims of violence. Services rendered include: legal advice; drafting of Memorandum of Understanding, MOU; petition writing; accompanying of victims to the police station; court representation and necessary follow-up; and bailing of client.
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Our shelter project, known as Sophia’s Place is the first battered women’s shelter in Nigeria. Set up in May 2001, it is home away from home, and located in a suburb of Lagos (the location of which cannot be made public due to the nature of cases received). A resident Shelter Administrator, sees to the day to day running of the shelter, responds to the needs of the residents; and reports back to the office. Full capacity, the shelter can admit six (6) families. Shelter stay is for one month and during this period, it is free. Thereafter if a resident wants to extend and stay longer, she or her referring organization would have to pay monthly. Till date, the shelter has accommodated over 600 women/families.
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Recognizing that economic dependency is one major reason why women stay on in abusive relationship, the skill acquisition activity of Project Alert is aimed at empowering women economically to enable them break a the circle of violence in their lives. Skills acquisition programmes are organized bi-annually for survivors in various areas such as bead making, small chops, hat making, liquid soap making; and make over.
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Under empowerment, Project Alert gives loans to women and families, who need some assistance to either enable them rent a new place away from the abusive environment or start a small business.
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In cases where a female victim of violence obtained severe injuries and is need of funds to enable her access medical care, Project Alert does assist by helping to fund raise from the public to assist the victim. This is very important because in most cases of violence against women, resulting in injuries, the public often clamour (and rightly so)for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator. However very few people pay attention to the medical needs of the victim and the fact that she may not even have the funds even for a public hospital.
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