Two out of 10 men suffered domestic violence in the last year, a study conducted by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGCSP) in partnership with UKaid has revealed.
Similarly, three out of 10 women experienced some form of domestic violence within the same period.
The survey, conducted from a sample size of 4,995 individuals between April and August 2015, indicated that 71.5 per cent of women and 71.4 per cent of men had reported cases of violence in their lifetime, while 42.9 per cent of women and 43.6 per cent of men had suffered one form of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.
The most common form of violence experienced by women was psychological violence (22.5%), followed by social (20.8%), economic (14.4%), sexual (10.6%) and physical violence (8.9%).
The most common violence experienced by men was psychological violence (28%) followed by social (18.7%), economic (12.2%), physical (10.2%) and sexual violence (9.5%).
These well made known in Accra yesterday, during the launch of the Ghana Domestic Violence Research Report titled “Domestic Violence in Ghana: Incidence, Attitudes, Determinants and Consequences.”
It aimed at providing an in-depth understanding of the incidence, attitudes, determinants and consequences of domestic violence among people aged 15 to 60 years.
Launching the report, Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, expressed worry about the sluggish efforts towards addressing domestic violence as a country saying “the statistics has not changed fundamentally since 1999.”
According to her, domestic violence was one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world yet, the least reported, least prosecuted and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development in the country.
Nana Oye Lithur called for a more aggressive approach to end the menace by allocating financial resources and efforts to reduce the incidence of domestic violence.
She reiterated government’s commitment to encouraging initiatives that would address the menace to promote national development.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, pledged the United Kingdom’s commitment to support the fight against domestic violence, and empowerment of women and girls in Africa.
“No society can fully develop if half of its society suffer some degree of marginalisation and we must ensure that the evidence generated from this study will advance the cause of reducing domestic violence in the country,” he charged.
He called for increased representation of females in parliament to champion the cause of gender-based issues.
Mr. Benjamin in addition admonished traditional rulers to abolish outmoded practices, which encourage violence in the society.
Mrs. Hillary Gbedemah, a member of the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, commended key players, who contributed to the survey, and urged that the report be used to enhance further research to develop the nation.
The event was attended by representatives from the Institute of Development Studies-UK, Ghana Statistical Service, civil society groups and some traditional rulers.
By Abigail Annoh and Daniel Amparbeng