Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

The Northern Regional Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Emmanuel Cudjoe Holortu has advised men who are playing the role of husbands to shade tears, whenever they are abused by their wives.

DSP Holartu said this when he was speaking exclusively to in Tamale at event organized by Tijaaniya Youth to talk on Domestic Violence on August 7, 2021.

“We encourage that men also report. So if the public see men reporting, it is not necessary (to conclude) that women are beating them. Domestic violence is not always about beating. That is what is keeping a lot of men away from reporting. We will encourage men to also report. We must use the force of law, either than the force of man. If we allow people to use the force of man, then we are going to have people killed”, the DOVVSU boss advised.

“Domestic Violence affects everybody. So men should also report. But the problem is that they don’t report much because of the male ego. People don’t want to be seen as weakling. And that is what society has thought us. You are socialize to that you are the man. If there are difficult situations and don’t weep because you are the man. But men also have tear bugs. So if you feel like weeping, it is necessary that you weep. If don’t weep you are creating problem for your psych”, he added.

According to him, domestic violence is not only physical abuse, it could be physical, economic, psychological, social or sexual.

“When we talk of domestic abuse people think it is physical abuse. It is not always physical assault that make domestic violence. Like I said about the economic abuse. So if your husband goes to town, and then maybe you find her in the company of another lady and then you go and cause damage to his vehicle. That is domestic violence. The man can report, so that the woman will be dealt with. The fact that you have seen your man with another lady doesn’t mean you should go and damage his car. You don’t lock your man in the room, suspecting that he is going to meet somebody (another lady), whom you don’t want him to meet. if you do that, we call it assault by imprisonment. And if the man is not careful, he is going to come out trying to show that he is the man, and if you are not lucky, you die. Then man will be called a murderer”, he concluded.

Domestic violence remain serious problems in Ghana, according to a findings of the 2020 Human Rights Report put together by the United States of America.

These findings captured under section six of the 2020 Human rights report centres on discrimination, societal abuses, and trafficking.

The report stated that inadequate logistical capacity for DOVVSU and other agencies, including the absence of private rooms to speak with victims, are some hindrances to the full application of the law.

The report revealed that unless specifically called upon by the DOVVSU, police seldom intervened in cases of domestic violence, partly due to a lack of counselling skills and shelter facilities to assist victims.

DOVVSU, according to the report, also said lack of resources on the part of victims and their families to pursue the cases contributed to low or no conviction in rape cases.

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