Ghana on Thursday launched a training manual on gender-based violence, reproductive health and rights for personnel of the police service.
The manual will be used to train a number of police personnel as law enforcement agents to handle gender-based violence in a more realistic manner.
Ghana?s deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, John Alexander Ackon, who launched the manual, said his ministry was spearheading the development of a domestic violence regulation to give guidance to managing domestic violence issues.
He described the development of the manual as very timely because the approach to ending gender-based violence was not just preventive but being able to handle cases when they occurred.
?I trust that the police training colleges will make use of this manual constructively,? he said.
?I also urge that it is used for all levels of police personnel who pass through the training colleges for short courses as well as those preparing for their promotional exams,? Ackon added.
The Police Service received massive support from the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA) in the development of the training manual.
The UNFPA Deputy Representative to Ghana, Dennia Gayle, said the partnership between UNFPA and the Ghana Police Service was a viable enterprise deeply rooted in their shared responsibility and investment to protect and empower women and girls.
?We are confident that the experiential and participatory methodology adopted in the production of the manual will make it a training medium of choice, even beyond the police service,? she said.
The Acting Coordinating Director of DOVVSU, Chief Superintendent Laurencia Akorlo, said the manual, targeted at police training schools, would go a long way to create awareness on gender-based violence even within the police service and the general public.
She thanked UNFPA for supporting the unit with several programs including the training of newly posted personnel to DOVVSU
The development of the manual comes at a time that gender-based violence is becoming rampant in Ghana.
Cases of domestic violence are reported almost on daily basis in the country?s media.
The 2012 annual report of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit revealed a total of 17,655 gender based violence cases, with the single highest recorded cases of 6,158 being non-maintenance. Enditem