The following memo analyzes data for the focus states of Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta for December 2015.
In December 2015, the NSRP Observatory Platform received 47 reported incidents of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This is an increase from the dip in reporting in November. It also continues the upward trend in reporting since the VAWG Observatory Platform was established in May 2014.
December represented the first month that included reports from the Borno Observatory service point. In the Northeast, VAWG reporting remains focused on violence around the JAS insurgency and the growing use of women and girls as suicide bombers. With the added service point in Borno, it is expected that reporting will give a clearer picture of VAWG, which will allow for deeper analysis of patterns and trends. In the Middle Belt, North Central and Niger Delta regions, reporting is dominated by incidents of sexual violence, child abuse and domestic violence.