DOVVSU Plans One-Stop Facility –

Deputy Interior Minister, Henry Quartey, COP Beatrice Vib Zakpa Sanziri , cop Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah DG CID, other stakeholders in a group photopha during the closing program of DOVVSU @20 celebration.

A
One-Stop Centre of Services facility programme will soon be launched for
victims of domestic violence and abuse as part of the 20th
anniversary of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU)

The
facility which is being financed by government with support from external
stakeholders will comprise of a police station, a clinic, shelter, juvenile
cell, a social worker, counselor, a cafeteria, among others.

The
facility when completed will offer services to victims of abuse to reduce the
stress victims go through.

The Minister
of Interior, Ambrose Dery made this known in a speech read on his behalf by the
Deputy Interior Minister, Henry Quartey in Accra.

He
said the facility when complete would also create an enabling environment for
complaints on domestic violence and other forms of abuses to be reported in
order to mitigate the frustrations victims endured when accessing support from
different service providers at different locations.

He
revealed this at the closing programme of DOVVSU at 20 celebrations at the La
Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

The
programme also attracted various stakeholders including the United Nations
Populations Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry
of Gender And Child Protection.

Mr
Quartey continued that government would continue to support the Ghana Police
Service with the requisite tools and resources to enable DOVVSU live up to its
expected mandate.

“A
number of interventions are underway to make the unit more vibrant and
effective in tackling domestic violence and reduce it to the barest minimum”

Adding,
he revealed that plans were afoot to elevate DOVVSU to a directorate level
where it would be headed by a POMAB member so that issues in connection with
the directorate could be prioritized at management level.

“The
uncompleted DOVVSU headquarters building, located within the National Police Headquarters
which has for a long time been left without any facelift, is currently under
construction and will soon be completed and handed over to DOVVSU for optimal
operational and administrative use.”

The
minister pledged government’s continued efforts to build the capacity of
personnel to keep pace with emerging trends in criminal investigations within
our Criminal Justice and Administration System.

The Inspector
General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, whose speech was read of his
behalf by the Director General In Charge of Police Intelligence And
Professional Standards Bureau, Commissioner of Police (COP) Beatrice Vib Zakpa
Sanziri, said DOVVSU’s establishment and its transition has brought a lot of
relieve to victims of domestic violence.

Adding,
she revealed that the police administration was working hard to ensure that the
unit functioned effectively in its service delivery to the expectation of the
public.

Citations
were presented to organizations and individuals for the immerse role they
played in the establishment of DOVVSU.

Some of the personnel who received awards included COP Beatrice Vib Zakpa Sanziri, ACP Habiba Twumasi, Deputy Central Regional Commander and ACP Elizabeth Dassah/

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BY Linda Tenyah-Ayettey

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