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Am I safe reporting to you?

Yes, your safety and confidentiality are assured when you report a domestic violence case to us. We would do everything in our power to ensure your safety.

Is DNF only in Abuja?

While our physical location is only in Abuja for now, we work with other organizations to provide referral services anywhere in the country.

What happens when I call DNF?

A trained DNF staff picks up the phone, coaches you towards getting details of the case while arranging for an emergency intervention as soon as possible.

At what time can I call DNF?

You can call us at any time. Our 24- hour helplines are managed by trained staff who have experience in listening and talking to victims. We are able to arrange for emergency intervention within Abuja and its environs, and currently provide referral services elsewhere in Nigeria.

When is it too late to get out of an abusive relationship?

It is never too late to get out of an abusive relationship, however the sooner you get out, the safer it is for you, and every other person involved.

Forms of GBV

Gender-based violence includes physical violence such as domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse of children by family members; forced Pregnancy; sexual slavery; traditional practices harmful to women, such as female genital mutilation, dowry-related violence; violence in armed conflict, such as murder and rape; and emotional abuse, such as coercion and abusive language. Trafficking of women and girls for prostitution, forced marriage, sexual harassment and Intimidation at work is additional examples of violence against women.

What is Gender based violence ?

Gender-based violence is an umbrella term that both reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women, compromising the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims. It encompasses a wide range of human rights violations, Although the higher number of victims are female, men can also be victims of gender based violence.

What is stalking ?

Stalking is the repeated following and/or harassment of another person with the intent to threaten or place fear in the person being harassed. It is prolonged criminal behavior that endangers the person being stalked, their family, their friends, and the community, and also poses the threat of other types of violence.

What happens in the hospital, when a victim is brought in?

The victim is examined, samples of the victim’s blood, urine, vaginal fluid are taking for tests. The victim will be giving emergency contraceptive, to prevent pregnancy.
A DNF staff will be with you throughout the process

What should I do immediately a case is reported to me?

If a victim trusts you enough to report an abuse to you, please rush the survivor to the hospital, call the DNF hotline immediately. Do not clean any part of the survivor’s body or the survivor’s clothes. Wrap the clothes in an envelope and not a polythene bag as this would cause the clothes to sweat.

How long should I wait before reporting abuse?

There is no timeline with reporting abuse, however a rape a case should be reported under 72 hours of incidence, this is to avoid pregnancies, STIs, and enable us collect evidence that strengthens the case in a law court. However, there is no time frame to reporting abuse