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DRPC calls for elimination of traditions which affect women

Abesim (BA), March 31,  GNA- Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Commander,  has called for the elimination of traditions and cultures that contribute to the discrimination of women.

Abesim (BA), March 31,  GNA- Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Commander,  has called for the elimination of traditions and cultures that contribute to the discrimination of women.

            ACP Sarpong observed that   discrimination against women  results in  physical, social and mental  harm on their  development.

           ACP Sarpong made the call at  the opening of  a three-day  training of trainers’ (TOT) workshop  for personnel of the  Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) and the  Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service   at Abesim near  Sunyani.

              The workshop was attended by 25 selected participants  on Sexual Gender Base Violence (SGBV) issues in the region,  in order to train  other personnel who  have not benefited from the capacity building course, and to  also  interact with police personnel working in the  various DOVVSU/CID  offices.

               It was  organised by  the United Nations  Population  Fund (UNFPA),  in conjunction with the  Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council.

              ACP Sarpong  said  cases of (SGBV) in the Region had assumed an alarming proportion,   and therefore demanded attention, since  victims of  violence  suffer long-term  mental consequences such as depression,  suicide and post-trauma.

              He said violence that involved sexual  assault  may result in sexually-transmitted diseases, unwanted  pregnancies, abortion and other associated complications,  with long effects on victims.

               Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Joseph  Kwame Apoya,  Regional Coordinator  of  DOVVSU,  stated that  in spite of  efforts being made to fight  SGBV and domestic violence,   recent events nationwide indicate that  cases keep on increasing,  adding that available statistics  of 6,601 in the  region  from 2009 to 2014,  indicate that  domestic violence cases have  tremendously increased.

               He urged the general public to join hands with  DOVVSU in the fight against domestic violence,   which affects mostly women and children.

                DSP Apoya entreated personnel to come out with innovative ways after  the programme,   to be able to handle  domestic violence cases effectively.

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