The following memo analyzes data for the focus states of Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta for May 2016.

There were 87 reported incidents of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in May 2016 by NSRP sources. This continues the upward trend in reporting from NSRP sources, hitting a record high for the second month in a row. The Plateau service point reported the highest number of incidents for a second time. Reports in the Middle Belt were focused on domestic abuse and child abuse, with sexual abuse making up a large portion of the reports.

All three NSRP focus states in the Niger Delta had reports of VAWG during the month of May. The reports were primarily focused on domestic abuse, spousal abandonment, and child sexual abuse.

In the Northeast, the majority of the VAWG reports during May focused on Jama’atu Ahli Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) insurgency and counter-insurgency efforts.

In the North Central region, as with other NSRP focus states, VAWG reports were primarily about child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is arising as a systemic problem across all the NSRP focus states.

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