The Brong Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Police Service, recorded 297 cases between January and March this year, as against 365 cases within the same period last year.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Sampson Agbeko, Brong Ahafo Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Tuesday, said there has been a reduction of 68 cases, and attributed this to people failing to report cases to the Unit, or intensified educational campaign on responsible parenting in the Region.
DSP Agbeko reiterated the need to intensify education to reduce crime, which was a cycle that began with irresponsible parenting and child delinquency, resulting in social vices such as defilement, rape, assault and murder.
Available statistics indicated that non-maintenance was highest, recording 201 cases, followed by 27 assaults, 13 threat of harm cases, with abduction and deprivation of property, recording eight cases each.
There were seven non-acceptance of pregnancies cases, six abandonment of an infant cases, while defilement and stealing recorded four cases each.
Rape and unlawful removal of a child three cases each, exposing a child to danger, causing damage and defrauding by false pretences two cases each.
Fraud, causing harm, offensive conduct and unlawful ejection had a case each recorded.
DSP Agbeko disclosed that said 262 cases were under investigations, 22 before the courts, 18 cases awaiting trial, 13 cases dealt with , while four accused persons were convicted from the 248 men and 30 women arrested.
He advised parents to be more responsible in the upbringing of their children. GNA