This research design and methods paper is a working document, and the
first stage in the conduct of joint comparative research on the topic of
effective responses to domestic violence. The research will study the
cases of Ghana and Mexico and analyse how and to what extent these
lessons can be applied to other countries in Africa and Latin America.
In the last twenty-five years, there has been growing recognition both
from the academic and activist communities that domestic violence is a
public issue worthy of attention. The response has largely been the
enactment of domestic violence laws across many different countries both
in Africa and Latin America. While there are many studies from the NGO
and academic communities documenting these efforts, there is little
attention to the exact ways in which implementation of the Domestic
Violence Acts makes a difference in terms of effective responses to
domestic violence in these various countries.
Given that both Mexico and Ghana enacted domestic violence laws in 2007
but after eight years of implementation have seen no major change in the
prevalence of domestic violence, this study affords us the opportunity
to undertake a comparative investigation of how diverse conditions make
a difference in the effectiveness of the response to domestic violence.
Darkwah, A.K.; Prah, M.; Toledo, C.; Lachenal, C. Beyond Domestic Violence Laws: What Else Makes Responses to Domestic Violence Effective? Practical Action, Lima, Peru (2015) 20 pp.