Examining the factors that militate against women reporting domestic violence to DOVVSU amongst Talensi and Bolga in Northern Ghana


  • Maxwell Tengolzor Ba-an Millar Institute for Trans disciplinary (MITDS) and Development Studies / Millar Open University (MOU) Ghana
  • Felicia Dapilee Department of Social Sciences, Tumu College of Education, Tumu, Ghana
  • Samuel Kwabla Segbefia Department of Social Sciences-Peki Senior High School


domestic, gender, violence, women, victim


Globally, discrimination against women is an international epidemic that impacts many women's lives. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, which also underscore gender equality and women's empowerment for peace around the world and the duty of every country to check whatever happens to women in their countries accordingly. In Talensi district and Bolga Municipality of northern Ghana, women are vulnerable to violence because of the patriarchal society in the northern part of the country; the resulting male dominance results in extensive violence against women. This study looked at factors which actively opposed domestic violence reported to DOVVSU in the district of Talensi and the municipality of Bolga. Fifty married women were chosen using methodology known as purposive sampling. Semi-structured surveys and in-depth interviews were used to collect the data. Registration and transcription were used to evaluate the data. According to the findings of the study, at least seven out of 10 women in the district surveyed have been exposed to some form of violence. The study showed again that women who have a higher educational degree are more exploited by their wives than women who have lower education levels. That may happen because higher education women are more exposed and refuse to submit to their husbands. The study suggested that there should be DOVVSU units in the area, one would be very beneficial because the rate of abuse against women is troubling and the unit's presence in the district would be a message to men who harass women.


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Examining the factors that militate against women reporting domestic violence to DOVVSU amongst Talensi and Bolga in Northern Ghana. (2022). Journal of African Studies and Ethnographic Research, 4(1). https://royalliteglobal.com/african-studies/article/view/724