A three-day training workshop was organised to equip 40 selected police personnel with skills in data collection on domestic and gender-based violence in Accra yesterday.
The event, organised by the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service and the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) sought to educate participants on how to generate statistical report to meet local and international standards.
Opening the workshop, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Commissioner of Police ( COP) Prosper Kwame Agblor, reminded the public that the unit was mandated to handle domestic violence issues, particularly against children and vulnerable adults.
“The primary vision of the unit is to create conducive atmosphere to enable domestic violence victims to freely report their ordeal,” he said.
COP Agblor noted that the unit collaborated with stakeholders in order to provide co-ordinated and timely response to cases on victims of abuse with focus on public education, empowerment of women and children with respect to their rights.
He said the unit would continue to bring perpetrators of domestic violence to book and provide support for victims through counselling and therapy, collaborate with other stakeholder agencies to meet the need of victims.
COP Agblor said over the years, the unit had become the only source of credible information or statistics on domestic violence as well as sexual and gender-based violence in the country.
He said as part of its commitment to providing credible information on domestic violence and child-related offences, DOVVSU assisted the country with reliable statistics to be able to respond to request from the international community, especially the UN Commission on the status of women.
DOVVSU, COP Agblor indicated was committed to providing a well-structured, credible and easily accessible database, saying the workshop had sharpened the skills of participants.
“The Unit as part of its work plan for 2016, and in collaboration with the UNFPA, has helped to develop a data management system that will readily share information on sexual and gender based violence in an open source, by a click of a button”, he said.
COP Agblor urged the participants to impart the knowledge acquired at the workshop to their colleagues.
The Coordinating Director of DOVVSU, Chief Superintendent (Rev) Laurencia Akorli, commended UNFPA for helping in the building of the capacities of the participants.
“The ultimate aim is to strengthen national capacity for programme coordination, production, utilisation and dissemination of quality statistics for population dynamic, youth, gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health,” she said.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour