A cross-section of Ghanaians have expressed worry over the alarming rate of domestic violence in the country.
Consequently, they called on the authorities to help put measures in place to curb the menace.
In an interview with Today a 33-year-old mother of two, Alima Musah, complained about how her husband often beats her.
She subsequently showed some scars as a result of the persistent beatings.
According to her, she could not report her husband to the police because she wants to keep her marriage.
“If you feel your husband is abusing you, go to your parents but don’t let the police arrest him. We don’t do that. It breaks the relationship,” she advised.
However, a business man at the Makola Market, Majeed Zakaria, condemned men who beat their wives at any least provocation.
“I have never abused my wife and I will not try that because it is inhuman and people who do that must be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others,” he stressed.
In this regard, he advised spouses who are being abused to report to the right authorities, and stop solving the issues at home.
Another business man in Accra, George Adarkwah, explained that “violence is a threat to all women in our society.”
In his opinion, women and men have equal status under the law.
“Many believe that violence at home is a family affair and should be dealt with in the home. Too often we turn our heads when we know that a woman is being abused. That silence is as dangerous as the abuse itself. By ignoring violence, we are putting every woman we know at risk,” he added.
A research conducted by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ghana Statistical Services and Associates, found out that 28 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men in Ghana experienced domestic violence in the last 12 months.
The most common form of domestic violence reported by women was economic violence (for example, denial of food or money for household expenses or denial of the right to work), followed by social violence, psychological violence, physical violence and sexual violence.
And in the case of men it emerged out of the report that they suffered psychological violence, social violence, economic violence, physical violence and sexual violence.
Nearly one in three women and one in five men experience domestic violence in Ghana with more young people at risk.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Elizabeth Amarfio, Intern, GIJ