For newly posted officers of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has organized training programme for one week
The officers have been posted to the eleven police regions of the country. And the training was designed to deal with gaps in the handling of sexual and gender based violent behavior cases as well as equipping the officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to facilitate them to work professionally. Moreover, they were introduced to new subject areas which are necessary to consider their investigations.
The officers were taken through topics such as Understanding Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Case Formulation and Management, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Investigating ‘Sextortion’, Investigating Sexual Abuse Cases, Electronic Evidence, Ethics and Integrity, amongst others.
ACP Mr Francis Aboagye Nyarko Addressed the officers during the closing ceremony of the training programme which was organized at the Detective Training Academy, the deputy Director General in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department, said violence in all its forms, whether occurring in the domestic area or the public area is not acceptable and perpetrators should be punished by law.
He indicated that in Ghana, the situation is not dissimilar and violent behavior continues to be experienced especially by women, all the way through their life cycle. Many usual practices and laws unreservedly compromise the situation of women in society but we must also know that men are under pressure by society to set up their authority and power in the home and community and by keeping women in line as both men and women are socialized to believe.
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