A day’s capacity building workshop has been organised for some selected newly-posted personnel of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) in the Central Region.
The rationale was to bring the personnel up to speed with the Domestic Violence ACT 2007, and how to effectively investigate sexual and gender-based violence.
It also served as a platform where the personnel learnt how to conduct survivor needs assessment and collaborate with other allied agencies in soothing the pains of victims.
The Central Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU, Superintendent George Appiah-Sakyi, explained to The Chronicle that such workshops sharpened the skills and understanding of the personnel.
Superintendent Appiah-Sakyi, who was a facilitator for the programme, added: “We are taking them through how to conduct survivor needs assessment and seek justice for the victims.”
“We are also taking them through how to handle survivors of abuse, as well as how to draft charges after investigations have been conducted.”
He expressed the hope that the workshop would have a positive impact on the personnel and equip them with the necessary skills to be able to discharge their duties effectively.
The personnel who attended the workshop were drawn from all DOVVSU desks in the region, which included Cape Coast, Kasoa and Winneba.
Others came from Ajumako, Abura Dunkwa, Denkyira Offin, Assin Foso, Swedru and Mankessim.
Some of the personnel appealed to the authorities to make such workshops regular or at short intervals to enable them be abreast of their work.