Economic abuse tops VAWC cases in Davao-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
THE most reported case of violence against women and children (VAWC) lodged before the Davao City Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) is economic abuse, or the deliberate removal of financial support or access to financial means.
Records obtained from the IGDD showed that economic abuse numbers the most complaint under the Republic Act (RA) 9262 or the "Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004" since 2010 with 375 cases, 448 in 2011 and 659 in 2012.
It also recorded the highest number of cases reported from April 1 to June 30 this year with 94 cases. It comprises 41.78 percent of the 225 cases lodged before the office of the IGDD.
The RA 9262 defines "economic abuse" as acts that make or attempt to make a woman financially dependent."
It includes "withdrawal of financial support or preventing the victim from engaging in any legitimate profession, occupation, business or activity, except in cases wherein the other spouse/partner objects on valid, serious and moral grounds as defined in Article 73 of the Family Code;
"Deprivation or threat of deprivation of financial resources and the right to the use and enjoyment of the conjugal, community or property owned in common; destroying household property; and controlling the victims' own money or properties or solely controlling the conjugal money or properties."
Second most reported case of VAWC to the IGDD is physical abuse (acts that include bodily or physical harm) which recorded 57 cases in 2010, 73 in 2011 and 126 in 2012.
Third on the list is psychological abuse with 43 cases in 2010, 33 in 2011 and 128 in 2012.
Other forms of abuse against women and children are marital infidelity, threat, abandonment, acts of lasciviousness, rape, sexual abuse, verbal abuse and sexual harassment.
The IGDD is a permanent division created under the City Mayor's Office to oversee the implementation of the Women Development Code in Davao City.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 30, 2013.