he Domestic Violence Secretariat (DVS) in collaboration with UNFPA Ghana, on Friday 30th September 2022, held a National Consultative Meeting with Stakeholders to review the Domestic Violence (DV) Act in Accra.
The Domestic Violence Act, 2007 (Act 732) was passed by Parliament in June 2007 to provide protection from Domestic Violence particularly for Women and Children and for connected purposes.
The passing of the Domestic Violence Act 2007, (ACT 732) provided an enabling environment and the necessary mandate for a more coordinated response to domestic violence in Ghana.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) also provides the framework for such coordinated response through the National Domestic Violence Policy and Plan of Action which guides the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act by all Stakeholders.
The Legislative Instrument of the Domestic Violence Act (L.I 2237) is to operationalize the Domestic Violence Act, Act 732.
The current trends of Domestic/Sexual and Gender-Based Violence have been attributed to the review of the Domestic Violence Act and its Legislative Instrument.
Considering trends of abuses and emerging issues on domestic violence, there is therefore the need for a review of the Act and the Legislative Instrument to meet emerging issues in domestic/sexual and gender-based violence.
It’s against this background that the meeting was organized to review the Act and the Legislative Instrument of the Act to meet the current trends in order to achieve its mandate.
The consultative meeting had for objectives:
– collect and collate comprehensive inputs from National Stakeholders to review the Domestic Violence Act, Act 732
– To collect and collate comprehensive inputs from National Stakeholders to review the Legislative Instrument of the DV Act, L. I 2237
– To inculcate in the Act and L.I, the emerging issues of domestic/sexual and gender-based violence.
Speaking on behalf of MoGCSP, the Head of DVS, Mrs Malonin Asibi said that the DV Act after more than ten years of enforcement required the need to be reviewed and find out from implementers and enforcers of this law how well they have fared as a people and as a country.
“You will agree with me that ten years in the life of a human being is a lot and many things happen. Equally, the domestic violence law has been enforced for over ten years and we think that it is time to review it to enable us to identify and celebrate the success stories and point out the gaps that exist and the challenges that have been encountered in its enforcement and implementation. This will enable us to include new trends of abuses in this era of technology, global pandemics and emergencies.” she added.
The meeting brought together some Judges from the Domestic Violence Courts in Accra, the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, International Federation of Women Lawyers Ghana- fida, Ghana., WiLDAF, Developing Partners, Ghana Health Service, Dovvsu, Ghana Psychological Association – GPA 1, Judicial services, Domestic Violence Management Board, Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations, the Local Government Service – Ghana and selected members of MoGCSP.