The Brong-Ahafo Regional Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service has recorded an increase in domestic violence cases from 864 in 2017 to 1,119 last year. This represents a 15.21 percent increase with additional 155 cases.
The Head of the Unit, DSP Setina Aboagye, revealed this in an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana in Sunyani and attributed it to an upsurge in cases involving violence particularly with DOVVSU’s expansion to Nkoranza and Dormaa Ahenkro.
Almost not a day passes without one hearing of domestic violence in the country. Whilst a few get reported, others are swept under the carpet as parents and the victims shy away from publicity which they believe could tarnish their Family name.
The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection in 2016, started pushing an Anti Gender Inequality Agenda.
It was revealed at the Annual DOVVSU Performance Review for 2018 in the Brong Ahafo Region that an increase of 155 cases were recorded.
According to the Head of the Unit, DSP Setina Aboagye, Non-Maintenance Cases topped the charts with 410 cases, representing 40.2 percent, whilst Spousal Assault came second with 194 cases, that is 19 percent. She said, out of the 1019 cases recorded, 8 were refused while 86 have been sent to court, with 15 acquitted and discharged.
DSP Aboagye noted that during the year under review, 123 males were victims as against 904 females. She added that it is not only men who perpetrate violence because 71 females had cases brought against them as opposed to 714 male perpetrators.
DSP Setina Aboagye stated that domestic violence is a potential killer with no positive attributes. Mrs. Aboagye entreated those who abuse the rights of other people to put a stop to it for the law will deal with them.