The Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service does not promote out of court settlement or negotiation on behalf of victims of gender-based violence (GBV).
Members of the public, such as social workers, community members, opinion leaders, teachers and other witnesses of GBV should feel free to walk into any police station to report cases of GBV, instead of looking on unconcerned about the welfare of victims of GBV, an official of DOVVSU has said.
Supt. Alice Awarikaro of DOVVSU, who said these, said the unit is involved in sensitization programmes in basic schools, churches, markets, schools, mosques and communities, as part of a proactive strategy to curb the GBV menace.
She was speaking during a day’s seminar on the 16 days of activism against GBV organized by Women Media and Change, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with the Dominion University in Accra.
The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from November 25 to December 10. It was initiated in 1991 by the first women’s global leadership institute.
Currently, more than 3,700 organizations from approximately 164 countries participate in the campaign annually. The 2017 theme is: “Together We Can End GBV in Education!”
Supt. Alice Awarikaro told the participants including students of the university that DOVVSU is also collaborating with other agencies to implement strategies to prevent GBV.
Dr. Charity Binka, Executive Director of WOMEC, said her organisation recognizes that women’s issues are involving and covers various areas such as education, health, environment, and human rights, and therefore WOMEC is committed to giving women public voice and visibility through the mass media to expand their participation in the public arena.
She said GBV involves men and women but the female is usually the target, because it derived from unequal power relationships between men and women.
According to Dr. Binka, GBV includes, but is not limited to, physical, sexual, and psychological harm.
She added that the most pervasive form of gender-based violence is abuse of a woman by intimate male partners.
The Vice-President of Dominion University, Mrs. Alice Lamptey, welcoming the participants to the seminar, touched on some work place intimidation and disrespect of women by male colleagues, who desire to control women just because they are females.