The Eastern Regional Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, recorded more cases of domestic violence in 2013 than in 2012.
The Unit in 2013 recorded a total of 1,929 cases which indicated an increase as compared to 1,502 cases recorded for the same period in the year 2012.
According to the Eastern Regional Cordinator for the DOVVSU,Mrs Eunice Annor, the highest number of cases reported at the Unit were Non-Maintenance 744, Assault 472, Threat of Death and Causing Harm 154, Defilement 145 and Offensive Conduct 68.
The others included Unlawful Child Removal 49, Stealing 42, Abduction 42, Rape 41 and Indecent Assault 10.
DSP Mrs Annor, said most people had been enlightened, especially women to freely report cases at the Unit for redress and for amicable settlement, as a result of intensive education on domestic violence,
“This year, we intend to extend the education to special schools, orphanages and to the remotest areas in the region as we are opening more district offices,” she added.
DSP Mrs Annor lauded the media in the country for their committed role in championing the welfare of the vulnerable in the society.
She however appealed for continuous collaboration with the media to step up the sensitisation activities this year to ensure that domestic violence was reduced to the minimum.
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