Abuses vs women, kids on the rise

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Friday, February 7, 2014

THE number of violence against women and children (Vawc) cases reported to Davao City Mayor Office-Integrated Gender and Development Division (CMO-IGDD) has continued to increase every year since 2004.

A data provided by Lorna B. Mandin, OIC of IGDD, showed that there are already a total of 5,313 Vawc cases reported to IGDD.

The year 2013 recorded the highest, so far, with 1,041. The number increases annually, the data revealed.

In 2004, there were only 107 cases; 120 in 2005; 399 in 2006; 363 in 2007; 497 in 2008; and 611 in 2009.

It decreased in 2010 with only 526; up again by 2011 by 634; and increased by 1,015 by 2012.

For the period of January 1 to December 31, 2013, the most reported VAWC case was economic abuse with 567 or 54.47 percent out of 1,041 total cases.

Next was physical abuse with 143 cases, then psychological abuse with 123, marital infidelity with 117, threat with 30, rape with seven, four cases of sexual abuse, three sexual harassments, and a case of abandonment.

Other cases reported to the IGDD are child custody (20 cases), visitation rights (six), legal advice (15), separation of property (three), and child abuse (two).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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