It is only for Accra that cases seems to be dropping. Might the case be that people were unwilling to report violent cases in Accra? It is a wonder what the statistics will be at the end of 2008 and for other towns and cities in Ghana as a whole.
Domestic Violence cases drop in
The number of domestic violence cases reported at the Social Welfare Division of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) last year at the Ministries Police Station alone reduced to 3,273 in 2007 from 4,897 the previous year. The reduction was as a result of the awareness created in connection with the Domestic Violence Act consented in
The officer in charge of the unit, Mr. Dela Ashiagbor, told the Daily Graphic in
According to Mr. Ashiagbor, over 500 of the cases were reported by men as compared to the previous year when 437 reported cases. “The men have now understood the importance of DOVVSU and will not hesitate to report their partners when the need arise,” he added. Mr. Ashiagbor pleaded with families and victims to expose violent issues but not to settle them among themselves in the quiet as that could sometimes cause emotional trauma to the victims.
At the time of visiting the unit, only few people mostly women, were at the unit to report cases or for counselling.