Lagos State Protection Against Domestic Violence Law, 2007

A victim of domestic violence can report any act of domestic violence to a Police Officer and/or immediately apply to a court of law for an Interim Protection Order. The Police Officer can arrest, immediately and without a warrant, the suspect. A court will also issue an Interim Protection Order to immediately restrain the offender from engaging in further acts of violence, prevent them from entering a residence shared with the victim or their place of work, amongst other orders. In making the order, the court shall not disclose the address of the victim. The order may be extended by the court as necessary and is enforceable throughout the country.

A person convicted of committing domestic violence under the law is liable to a fine, up to 5 years in prison, or both.

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