As part of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the United State Ambassador, Virginia Palmeron on Thursday visited the Ghana Police Service’s Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) “One-Stop Centre”.
During the visit, she donated sexual assault examination kits and DNA reagents, chemicals, and supplies. These essential items will help the Ghana Police Service prosecute perpetrators and support survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
“Sexual violence against any community – including marginalised communities is unacceptable. We are proud to partner with DOVVSU and the Ghana Police Service to ensure sexual violence is fully and appropriately prosecuted.
These supplies will help hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes. DOVVSU is and must be a resource for all,” the Ambassador said.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Faustina A. K. Andoh-Kofie, Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Assistant Commissioner of Police OwusuwaaKyeremeh, Director of DOVVSU, accompanied the Ambassador on a tour of the facility.
The donated supplies will allow DOVVSU to provide sexual assault examination kits directly to survivors of abuse and outfit of the GPS forensics lab with supplies to support its crime scene and forensic processing for a year.
GBV is a pandemic that affects one in three women in their lifetime. The Centre, located behind GPS Headquarters, was established to respond to domestic violence cases and to help ensure survivors of domestic violence can feel safe and secure to report the crimes committed against them and find services to start their healing.
The Ambassador’s tour of the DOVVSU One-Stop Centre is part of the Embassy’s support of the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign’, a global rallying cry that aims to raise awareness about the consequences of GBV and to urge the government, community, corporate, and philanthropic sectors to take action.
The 16 Days initiative runs from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women through December 10, the International Human Rights Day.