Domestic violence is the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened against oneself, another person, or a group of people that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury or death. Domestic violence against women and girls in Ghana has been on a rise in recent times upon the education given by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to curve the situation.
Statistics in Ghana indicate that 33–37 % of women have ever experienced domestic violence in the form of intimate partner violence in their relationship. Even in schools, research has shown that 14 and 52 % of girls are victims of sexual abuse and gender-based violence respectively.
In order to intensify the education of domestic violence against girls and women especially, Kantanka TV’s ‘Nketesia’ show hosted by the adorable Nana Yaa Agyemang has discussed in one of its edition how this situation can be prevented in the human setting. The show which hosted Sales Personnel, Keziah Nana Ama Safo, Entrepreneur, Lydia Arthur and Accountant, Benedicta Adofo Asamoah as guests discussed domestic violence also known as domestic abuse or family violence, as an abuse in a
domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.
They continued that domestic violence is often used as a synonym for intimate partner violence, which is committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner.

Lydia Arthur in her submission explained that domestic violence can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. In its broadest sense, domestic violence also involves violence against children, parents, or the elderly. According to her It takes a number of forms
including, physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive,
and sexual abuse, which can range from subtle to violent physical abuse such as beating, female genital mutilation, and acid throwing that results

in deformity or death.

Benedicta Adofo Asamoah on the other hand also let out that globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly, and women tend to experience
more severe forms of violence and they are also likelier than men to use intimate partner violence in self-defense. She stated that in some countries, domestic violence is often seen as testifier, particularly in cases of actual or

suspected infidelity on the part of the woman, and is legally permitted.

Kaziah Safo moreover in her submission stated that, many people do not recognize themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family conflicts that got out of control. She said domestic violence often happens in the context of forced or child marriage.

In their final submissions, all the three guests advised everyone especially men to desist from such acts to ensure a peaceful home and avoid being prosecuted for a domestic violence offense.

SOURCE: | Eugenia Duodu


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