Photographer/Vlogger Yagazie Emezi discusses domestic violence and abuse on her new vlog.
Trigger Warning -This video contains discussions on domestic violence and rape.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. If you recognise yourself or someone you know going through abuse, reach out. There is help. I have pasted organizations and numbers based in Lagos and Abuja with reach to other states as well. Do contribute to or correct the information where you can in the comments.
Partnership for Justice
The Eight Foundation
(234) 081 8929 9999, (Toll Free) 0800THEEIGHT
234-1-8209387; 08052004698; 08180091072
Before even posting this video, I already received small criticism for criticising people who were “at least doing something good.”
You have to understand that when you are in the position of having an audience, what you say matters and what you do does not stand alone. Your belief has impact on people just as much as your cause. There are people out there who truly believe that the blame lies with victims and survivors and when they have an audience on this issue, like the situations I describe, they spread their ill-fated belief to others – that women are at fault, that people should hesitate when observing abuse, that the abuser is a tender soul, etc. We know what is wrong and as we choose to fight against it, we can always do more.