The Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service on Friday appealed to the public to assist it to complete its one-stop shop Police Post for Gender Based Violence cases.
The one-stop shop Police Post has being put up at the Police Headquarters in Accra and it would need about GHÈ¼180,000.00 to complete it.
Chief Superintendent of Police Owusuaa Kyeremeh, National Coordinator, DOVVSU, said the new edifice would have offices for medical doctors, social welfare officers and temporal shelter among others.
The DOVVSU National Coordinator said the unit did not have a national office and this poses challenges to the operations of the unit.
Chief Superintendent Kyeremeh said it would also assist victims to tell their stories once instead of moving to various offices to tell their stories, adding that, victims would be equipped with medical and emotional counselling.
The National Coordinator of DOVVSU made this known at a Junior High Schools’ Gender-based violence awareness and mentoring programme held in Accra by the Australian High Commission.
The programme also formed part of the Commission’s International Women’s Day Celebration to educate over 100 Junior High School students from ten schools in the Greater Accra Region.
Students were taken through topics such as Sexual based violence, Fundamentals of human and children’s Rights, Protecting the Youth adequate Youth support Services and being an Independent woman and the Role of the Police in ending violence against children.
Chief Supt Kyeremeh said if the one stop Police post was completed in Accra same would be replicated across the country.
According to the National Coordinator of DOVVSU the unit was trying to get the Ghana Health Service to assist them with stationed medical doctors to provide free medical services to victims.
She reminded the students that it was wrong for people to have pornography on their mobile phones adding DOVVSU had arrested a man in a video, who allegedly asked a minor to suck his manhood and same was circulated on social media.
Chief Supt. Kyeremeh said DOVVSU was currently working to create a Facebook account, Twitter and a WhatsApp phone number to reach out to the Public.
She said DOVVSU has consulted one of the telecommunication networks to assist them with a telephone number, which would be used as WhatsApp line.
Dr James Clayman, a Medical Practitioner charged girls not to consider themselves as daft and weak, but rather they should have confident in whatever they do since they have been given the mandate to lead.
Ms Dzifa Gomashie, former Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts advised the girls to desist from bleaching since that was a bad habit and a change of one’s identity, and urged them to continue reading to broaden their knowledge base.
Mr Andrew Barnes, Australia High Commissioner lauded the DOVVSU for the one stop shop police post to assist victims of sexual violence and pledged the commission’s preparedness to educate the youth on their rights.
The High Commissioner said this year’s programme was to educate the youth on Gender-based violence and the rights of women and children.
By Joyce Danso /Gifty Amofa, GNA