Race, Culture, and Identity
Domestic Violence Act 2007 (Act 732) Simplified Version
The Domestic Violence Act of 2007, has been hailed as a landmark in the promotion of human rights in Ghana. The Act is intended to protect all, especially women, against domestic violence and punish offenders of this terrible crime that has caused so much suffering and pain to victims. Under the Domestic Violence Act, victims who are mostly women, can be granted protection orders to shield them from harmful actions and behaviour of offenders. This Act signifies a new era, where Domestic Violence has been removed from the private arena "family matter" to the public arena. Admittedly, the Domestic Violence Act is a big step in the right direction, however, laws are not an end in themselves but are means to an end. There is therefore, the urgent need to let the public know, understand and take advantage of the Act.
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