In 2016 27.7% of women experienced domestic violence – Survey

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A survey on incidents of domestic violence conducted in 2016 by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection revealed that 27.7 per cent of women and 20% of men experienced at least one type of domestic violence in the 12 months.

Mr Mohammed Amidu Alhassan, Senior Programmes Officer at Songtaba indicated that 12.8% of domestic violence was economic related violence reported by women in the 12 months period.

He revealed this during regional stakeholders’ forum in Tamale on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV).

The event discussed ending SGBV in the country under the Impact Finalist Grant.

The forum was also to take commitments from stakeholders to influence policy on pragmatic measures, which ought to be taken by the government and traditional leaders to reduce the incidences of violence suffered by women and girls in the country.

Mr Alhassan stated that the study showed that 11.6% was social violence, 9.3% was psychological violence, 6.0% was physical violence and 2.5% on sexual violence.

He said most women suffered violence than men with the victims of violence not getting any form of support in terms of psychosocial counselling to facilitate their rehabilitation.

He noted that women and girls, who suffered SGBV got no form of support to get access to medical and psychological counselling.

Mr Alhassan called for a national dialogue and policy response to enhance the fight against SGBV in the country.

Hajia Lamnatu Adam, Executive Director of Songtaba disclosed that UN Women Report indicated that “Globally, an estimated 736 million women, almost one in three, had been subjected to physical or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their lives.”

She stated that in the report 81,000 women and girls were killed in 2020, around 47,000 of them 58% died at the hands of an intimate partner or a family member.

Hajia Adam appealed to the government to consider including the Police medical health report onto the National Health Insurance Scheme to reduce the financial burden on the victims.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Emmanuel Horlortu, Northern Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit of the Ghana Police Service said some harmful customary or traditional behaviour might amount to SGBV, especially in rural areas.

He urged victims of violence to cooperate with the security agencies to fully prosecute domestic violence related cases.

Mr Asuro Napari, a Lawyer at Legal Aid Commission in the Northern Region said women and girls needed to be empowered to fight gender-based violence in the country.

He said the first line of prevention of SGBV was education by using the media and social media to bring awareness to SGBV.

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