VAPP Act 2015

In almost all contemporary societies, there are laws that forbid acts of violence. However, poor implementation of these laws in our societies have favoured perpetrators of these acts over the victims, especially as the perpetrators hold more power than most of their victims. The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP) was necessitated as a result of agitations for protection of persons against different forms of violence which in recent times has become a recurring decimal in Nigeria. Daily, we hear of different forms of violence particularly against women and girls, which results in different categories of casualties and fatalities. It was the need to protect citizens from such violence that led to the enactment of the VAPP Act in 2015.

Among other things, the Act has strengthened advocacy against rape, female genital mutilation, partner battery, stalking, harmful widowhood practices by state actors while prohibiting all forms of violence, including physical, sexual, psychological, domestic, harmful traditional practices; discrimination against persons. It has also provided protection and effective remedies for survivors and punishment of offenders.

For more detail on the VAPP Act, click below.