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Accessing data from the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service is a tiresome and daunting task, due to the bureaucracies and procedures one must go through.
Journalists, researchers, and academicians among others who need data from the DOVVSU can now smile and have some ease when accessing information, as the unit has adopted technology to make things much easier.
Per the information given by the National Secretariat of DOVVSU, individuals can submit online requests on the DOVVSU web page of the Ghana Police Service website without necessarily going or writing to the unit.
The Coordinating Director of DOVVSU, Chief Superintendent (Rev) Lawrencia W. Akoli, revealed this yesterday, at a one-day advocacy/briefing on current domestic violence statistics, at the Crystal Palm Hotel in Accra.
She said the aim to go digital in providing statistics was to create a conducive atmosphere to enable victims to freely report cases, in order for the law to take its course.
With support from partners, she said: “The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) has developed a system that readily shares information on sexual and gender-based violence in an open source by a click of a button.”
She indicated that individuals, both local and international, have, over for the years, depended on DOSVVSU for data, either for information or research, adding the unit has assisted the state with reliable data to report to the international community of her efforts at reducing gender-based violence and child abuse in Ghana.
To reduce the incidences of domestic violence, she stated that the unit uses public education on issues of domestic violence and gender-based violence, empowerment of the vulnerable, with respect to their rights, bringing offenders to face justice, and psychosocial support among others.
“The unit, in executing its mandate, collaborates with stakeholders such as those of you assembled here, in order to provide a coordinated and timely response to victim abuse,” she noted.
Senanu Agbozo, a UNFP Consultant, said the DOVVSU data management system had made information gathering by the secretariat efficient, effective and faster than the previous years, where it takes weeks to tabulate date received from the regions.
He indicated that the digital features designed for the unit would allow them to, within 30 minutes, calculate and analyse data received.
Source: Bernice Bessey || The Chronicle