By Iddi Yire,
July 15, GNA – The Central Region has over the past two years recorded an
increase in domestic violence.
Eyra Kpe, Central Regional Director of the Department of Gender, said the
Region in 2016, 2017 and 2018 recorded 2,666, 3,409 and 3,419 cases of domestic
statistics showed that women constituted more than 80 per cent of the victims
of reported cases of domestic violence in the Region.
violence (domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse by one
person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or
She said the
Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVSU), was established in the
Region in 2002 and in that very year 810 cases were recorded.
Mrs Kpe said
this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast, on the sideline
of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme Steering Committee (JPSC) three-day field
visit to project districts within the Central Region.
Mrs Kpe noted
that from 2003 to 2005, domestic violence in the Region, ranged between 1,000
and 1,800 cases, adding that, from 2006 to 2009 the Region also had a range
between 2,000 and 2,800 cases, whereas from 2010 to 2018 it had a range of
3,000 to 3,500 cases.
“So in the last
three years, this is the domestic violence trends in the Region. It was
actually high above 3,000 (in 2015), came down in 2016 to 2,666. And currently
we are up there at 3,419,” Mrs Kpe said.
that before 2016, they were recording over 3,000 cases of domestic violence
then it sharply went down in 2016 and then rose again in 2017 and 2018.
that, maybe previously, there was not enough awareness, so people might not be
reporting cases of domestic violence but now people are aware and more people
are reporting cases of domestic violence.
“And that could
be positive, because we understand that people now know their rights and they
are reporting cases. However, the level at which we are recording domestic
violence is not acceptable. Violence against anybody should be of concern to
all of us,” she stated.
“And so the
high rate is not something we need to be comfortable about, and therefore, we
need to work further to ensure that although people are aware and may be
reporting cases to the police, we will still need to work on the minds of
people for behaviour change, so that people don't commit the crime in the first
although it was positive that people were reporting cases of domestic violence,
their aim was getting people to understand the need to prevent it from
cases, Mrs Kpe said the Region recorded 138 cases in 2016, 212 cases in 2017
and 234 in 2018, adding that, for rape cases there were 30 in 2016, 47 in 2017
and 60 in 2018.
non-maintenance was the basis of all the challenges; declaring that “once the
children are not being maintained people will deceive them into sex and then
the pregnancy occurs.”
“And one key
issue that is of challenge here is non-maintenance, and it has been cited over
and over, as one of the causes of the challenges confronting adolescent girls.”
George Appiah-Sakyi, the Central Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, said the
functional Data Management System on issues of sexual and gender based violence
installed by the UNFPA in all the DOVSU offices in the Region was helping in
the more effective data capture.
links up all DOVVSU offices to the Headquaters for easy accessibility of data
for informed decision making.
UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme, dubbed "Empowering Adolescent Girls through
Improved Access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and Rights-Based
Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Ghana", is being funded
by the Canada Global Affairs in 36 districts in eight regions.
It is designed
to support Government to implement its adolescent girls' vision and deliver
more integrated and multi-sectoral responses to address the interrelated needs
of adolescent girls in Ghana.
for implementation is 2018-2020.
Members of the
delegation included Mr Christian Tardif, Director, Cooperation, Canadian High
Commission; Madam Anne-Claire Dufay, UNICEF Country Representative in Ghana; Mr
Niyi Ojuolape, UNFPA Country Representative in Ghana; and Reverend Dr Comfort
Asare, Director for Gender, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The visit took
the team to the Ekumfi District, the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abbrem (KEEA) and