Anyemedu, Akua (2016) Knowledge and perceptions of domestic violence services among women in Ghana. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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Support services are important to the mental and physical well-being of survivors of intimate partner violence. However, researchers and service providers note that survivors seldom report violence to formal domestic violence services in Ghana. Despite calls from service providers for Ghanaians to report domestic violence, few studies have focused on women’s knowledge and perceptions of formal domestic violence services in Ghana and how these perceptions influence their help-seeking behaviour. This thesis presents qualitative findings on Ghanaian women's knowledge and perceptions of formal domestic violence services. Also, challenges to service delivery are explored. Results revealed that awareness among respondents of available services was low. Additionally, most respondents had negative perceptions of these formal services. This study demonstrates that more educational campaigns need to be carried out to raise awareness among Ghanaians on domestic violence and the formal interventions available in the country. Additionally, service providers and policy makers must formulate programmes and policies that are better suited to the uniqueness of the Ghanaian situation.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 96-110).|
|Keywords:||Ghana, intimate partner violence, help-seeking behaviour, women, domestic violence services, qualitative|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Gender Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||Family violence--Ghana; Victims of family violence--Services for--Ghana; Abused women--Services for--Ghana; Abused women--Ghana--Attitudes|
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