UNFPA Sponsor Training For Police Officers In Domestic Violence

Forty police personnel including senior officers and station officers from eight districts in the Upper East Region have ended a two-day training programme on Domestic Violence in Bolgatanga.

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Police officers who participated in the Domestic Violence training programme in a group picture.
Police officers who participated in the Domestic Violence training programme in a group picture.

The programme, sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), was to build the capacity of the officers to differentiate between ordinary offences and domestic violence and how to properly apply the Domestic Violence Law.

 Police officers who participated in the Domestic Violence training programme in a group picture.

Police officers who participated in the Domestic Violence training programme in a group picture.

Resource persons drawn from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Department of Social Welfare and CHRAJ took the participants through topics including the Children and Juvenile Justice Act, Human Rights Violation in the Perspective of Domestic Violence, the Interstate Succession Law, Domestic Violence Law, and Management of DOVSU Cases among others.

The Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Simon Affeku, entreated the participants to use the knowledge acquired to help reduce domestic violence.

He said the region, which had eight police stations and 19 station offices had only one DOVVSU Office in Bolgatanga.

The situation, he said, made it difficult to handle the numerous domestic violence cases in the region.

DCOP Affeku cited for instance that whilst the region in 2013 recorded 304 domestic violence cases, it recorded 301 and 350 in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The Regional Commander stated that the cases were those reported from the Bolgatanga, Talensi and Nabdam districts alone.

The Acting Regional Co-ordinator of DOVVSU, DSP Kwadwo Appiah, said early and forced marriages were classified as domestic violence and that even though the region had the highest recorded cases of early and forced marriages, few of such cases were reported.

He said his outfit, with support from the Ghana Education Service and Afrikids Ghana, Widows and Orphans Movement, both Non Governmental Organisations, had over the years sensitised people on domestic violence and their effects on victims.

“With the support from UNFPA-Ghana and Amnesty International, the Regional DOVVSU has formed and trained Community Based Anti-Violent Teams in some communities in the region to help curb the menace,” he said.

He called on the public not to hesitate to report cases of domestic violence to the DOVVSU and Community Based Anti-Violent Teams.

DSP Kwadwo Appiah mentioned the lack of transportation as one of the major challenges hindering the work of DOVSU, adding that the only vehicle that was donated by the UNFPA-Ghana had broken down.

He said more DOVVSU offices would be opened in Bawku and Navrongo and appealed for assistance from other development partners.

Source: GNA

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