AN EVALUATION OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS (PROHIBITION) ACT, 2015

Abstract
Violence is as old as man. Violence is a behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage or kill someone or something. It is the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy. Violence both at the home front and the larger society is fast becoming a normal way of life. On a daily basis, we hear of someone killing or manning their spouse or an angry lover pouring acid on an ex-lover or someone being forcefully taken away from their family and loved ones. Violence has many causes, including frustration, exposure to violent media, mental problems, poverty and unemployment, education, young parents,
relationship retention behavior, historical factors, cultural factors and self defense. It was the need to protect citizens from violence such as these that led to the enactment of the VAPP Act, 2015. The Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act is an improvement on the Penal and Criminal Code in relation to violence. It was enacted to nip violence in the bud, and reduce the act to its barest minimum. The Act is laudable and aimed at bringing relief to the many victims of violence in our society. It will reduce cases of self-help where in victims take the laws into their hands to retaliate for violence meted out to them. The Act
ensures that offenders are brought to justice and victims are compensated adequately. It conceals the identities of the victims and ensures that they are re-integrated into the society. The major limitation of the Act is its
limited application to the Federal Capital Territory Abuja. Section 46 of the Act should be amended. The application of the Act should not only be limited to the Federal Capital Territory. Its application should be extended to all parts of the country, because it bothers on violation of human rights which is of a universal concern.

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