Addressing domestic violence against women: a case study of Navio traditional council in Kasena-Nankan West District of the Upper East Region, Ghana.
Background:Domestic violence against women has been recognized both globally and locally(Ghana) as a major violation of a woman’s human rights.Despite the enactment of Domestic Violence Act(Act 732) and establishment of Domestic Violence and Victims Supports Unit (DOVVSU), the problem still lingers. To adequately address the problem, calls are made to consider other alternatives systems of disputes resolution such as the traditional authorities. The study assesses the effectiveness of traditional authorities’ intervention in addressing domestic violence against women in the Navio traditional area. Methods:A cross sectional research design wasadopted for the study.Simple random sampling technique was used for the selection of the study sample.The study participants were interviewed using a pre-tested structured close and open-ended questionnaire.The data wasthen analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequency, mean, standard deviation and presented on tables and graphs. Results:The study reveals that domestic violence occasionally occurs in the community (74.7%) and remains largely unreported (60.9%). The study further found that respondents preferred the traditional authorities in resolving domestic violence cases to the police and victims felt safe under the interventions put in place by the traditional head. Conclusion: The study concludes that victims of domestic violence are aware of interventions put in place and prefer the traditional leaders over the police in dealing with reported cases.
A thesis submitted to the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MPH Health Education and Promotion.
Domestic violence, Women, Upper East Region, Ghana.