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Domestic violence against men up by 20 per cent -DOVVSU

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The National Director for Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), Superintendent Evelyn Borbor says domestic violence against men has increased 20 per cent as compared to 18 per cent in 2017 according to statistics.

“However, the narrative is changing when it comes to domestic violence against women whilst that of men is increasing.

“We are taking steps to resolve them, as an institution, we have step up to address these challenges, we hope to reduce the issue of domestic violence and ensure that domestic violence against men, women and children is reduced drastically” Supt. Borbor said during an interview on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ program monitored by elsieopinari.com

According to her, men suffer a wide range of abuses spanning from emotional to physical.

DOVVSU is a unit in the Ghana Police Service. It has the capacity to oversee matters of domestic abuse against women and children. DOVVSU has a mission to prevent, apprehend and prosecute culprits of domestic violence and child abuse.

The unit provides support and protection for victims of domestic abuse by interrelating activities with the Department of Social Welfare, the International Federation of Women Lawyers and the Legal Aid Board.

DOVVSU assists victims of sexual abuse, physical assault, fraud, and neglect.

It is mandated by the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, the Police Service Act, the Criminal and other Offences Act, Act 29/60, the Children’s Act, Act, 560 /98, the Juvenile Justice Act, Act 653/2003, Ghana Domestic Violence Act (Act 732) 2007.

Formerly known as Women and Juvenile Unit (WAJU), it was introduced in October 1998 as a special unit to handle violence against the vulnerable, and was renamed Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit in 2005, which is composed of police personnel with offices in all regional capitals and desks in the majority of districts in Ghana.

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