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

There were 48 incidents of Violence Affecting Women and Girls (VAWG) in August 2016 reported by NSRP sources. This is an increase from July 2016, a month with the fewest reported incidents in 2016, thus far. Trends in violence remain the same, as reports mainly involved child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

This month, reports of VAWG were largely concentrated in the North and Central regions. Kaduna, Kano and Plateau states reported 33 of the 48 total incidents for August 2016, with all but one incident being child abuse, sexual or domestic violence.

Niger Delta states reported the second highest frequency of VAWG incidents, the
majority occurring in Rivers state. Borno state reported significantly fewer incidents of VAWG this month, with the Jama’atu Ahli Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad (JAS) insurgency continuing to drive reporting. Delta state reported the only incidents of VAWG relating to cult activity or inter-communal violence for August 2016.

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