The 2007 Domestic Violence Act in Ghana makes provisions for police assistance to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. These include receiving complaints, offering advice about victims’ rights and about services available, helping victims to find a safe refuge when required, and providing assistance with free medical treatment and medical evidence for possible prosecution. The interviews and observations conducted revealed that none of the DOVVSU units visited had all the necessary facilities to offer these support services effectively. In particular, they lacked private rooms, shelter facilities, counseling services, protection services or prosecution advice. DOVVSU officials in all offices visited were found to be working under difficult conditions and, sometimes, paying for the medical or transportation bills of victims themselves.They are overwhelmed with workload and also lacks adequate facilities. In summary, while DOVVSU is lodged within an ideal multi-institutional framework within which to ensure effective support to victims of domestic violence, it is currently inadequately equipped to make operational the 2007 Domestic Violence Act.Save a Victim foundation has therefore taken the initiatives to assist DOVVSU and other institutions to sensitize, educate, counsel, create awareness and advocacy programs. We, therefore, need funding to provide counseling, training, medical and legal support and also economic livelihood for these victims in the society.
We would be grateful if you can help us transform the lives of these victims in the society.Thank you