Few VAWC cases in courts noted

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Friday, March 7, 2014


DESPITE laws protecting women, only a handful of cases of Violence Against Women and their Children often reach the courts.

In a press briefing on the Women’s Month Activities Wednesday, SPO3 Liza Batanes of the Women’s and Children’s Protection Desk said of the 482 cases brought to their attention last year only 42 turn out to be court cases.

But of the number of cases involving VAWC, rape, unjust vexation and physical injuries which often reach the court, only a few reach conviction of the perpetrators.

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This as Batanes explained majority of the women victims decry economic reasons as a challenge in pursuing court cases as most women remain dependent on the income of their husbands to feed the family.

Meantime, other victims tend to give in to their compassion and forgive those who hurt them, most often their husbands or partners.

Patricia Gallardo, executive director of Save our Women Foundation, stressed cases of abuse whether physical, emotional or economic abuse must not be mediated by the barangays or the police.

Gallardo said among their many challenges in encouraging women to file cases against abusers are the psychological conditions of most women who often exhibit the Battered Wife Syndrome wherein a woman forgives the abuser and the cycle continues.

This is where non-government organizations such as Save our Women and Innabuyog Gabriela comes in.

Innabuyog Gabriela secretary general Mila Singson stressed there is often a need for a group or a person to intervene to get women to file cases with their partners who abuse them.

She added there is also the need for women to be provided means to feed their families through livelihood provision to empower them against abusers because if the cycle continues women often tend to go back to their abusers sacrificing themselves in order for their children to have enough to eat and continue their studies.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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