30 new DOVVSU officers build capacity

Participants in a group photographA two-day workshop aimed at building the capacity of 30 new station officers of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, has been held in Accra.

The programme will help the officers to upgrade their skills in dealing with traumatic survivors of violence and crime.

Addressing the DOVVSU officers on Tuesday, the Director-General in-charge of Special Duties and Human Resource Development, DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro III, said the workshop was to build the officers’ capacity and improve their skills to enable them to render efficient counselling services to victims from matrimonial and other social relationships.

He said regardless of the decade of education of the public on the consequences of domestic and gender violence, the practice still persisted.

DCOP Osabarima Oware Asare Pinkro said the duties of station officers were transforming the wounded souls of victims.

He, therefore, urged the participants to involve themselves in the programme and help rescue the perishing souls.

The National Co-ordinating Director, DOVVSU, Assistant Commissioner of Police Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, charged the officers to be agents of change, rather than treating victims who complained to them badly.

“Sometimes, we receive complaints from the public on how badly they are treated by our personnel when they report cases. I therefore urge you to be agents of change and also share your experiences with other colleagues, so that they will also benefit and do away with bad practices,” she said.

She commended the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) for its immense support towards fighting domestic violence.

Dr. Robert K. Mensah, from the UNFPA, said his outfit had over the years, championed the fight against domestic violence, and hoped that the effort and resources channelled into the training would be put to good use.

BY Agnes Opoku Sarpong

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