ECONOMIC abuse is still the highest form of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) cases recorded in Davao City for 2017 and there is a marked increase in all forms of abuses committed in 2017 as against 2016.

Economic abuse is committed when an intimate partner controls the access of the woman to economic resources. This takes on different forms including preventing a woman from keeping a job so that she will be dependent on the partner.

Based on last year’s data from the Integrated Gender and Development Division of the Davao City Mayor's Office, there were 964 cases of economic abuses of the total 1,834 filed.

Next is psychological abuse with 519 cases followed by physical abuse with 324 cases, and sexual abuse with 27 cases reported.

The 2016 record had a total of 1715 -- 901 economic abuse, 269 physical abuse, 21 sexual abuse, 477 psychological abuse, and 47 legal advice.

Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD) Office-in-charge Lorna Mandin said that despite the fact that they have 1,834 cases, they only have 1163 clients all in all for the last year.

She said that this is due to the fact that there are some clients who have more than one incident of abuse.

The 2017 data showed the age bracket of 18-35 years old got the highest share in the age range of clients with 679, followed by 36-64 age group with 453, third highest was 0-17 years old with 22 cases, and 65-up with 5 cases, and no information with four cases.

As to the location of clients, 388 are located in Talomo District, 187 are located in Buhangin District, and 173 are located in Poblacion District.

It was followed by Agdao District with 86, areas outside Davao city, which was still reported to the IGDD, with a total of 74 cases, Bunawan District with 73 cases, 66 cases in Toril District, 55 cases in Tugbok District, 36 cases in Calinan District, 13 cases in Baguio District, six cases in Marilog District, four cases in Paquibato District, and two cases that have no information.

Most of respondents are from Talomo District with 272 cases, followed by outside Davao City with 239 cases, Buhangin District with 153 cases, Poblacion District with 142 cases, no information with 112 cases, Toril district with 58 cases, Agdao District with 56 cases, Bunawan District 41 cases, Tugbok District with 45 cases, Calinan District 27 cases, Baguio District nine cases, Marilog District 5 cases, Paquibato district four cases.

As to the occupation of clients, 505 are homemaker/unemployed, 335 are private employees, 182 are self-employed.

It is also worth noting that 68 clients are government employee, 33 cases are OFW, 29 students, and 11, are those who have no information.

For the occupation of respondents, 460 respondents are private employee, 284 are self-employed, 162 cases involve OFW, 114 respondents are government employees, 74 cases are those who have no information, 45 cases are homemaker/unemployed, 13 cases involve students, six cases involve pensioner, and five cases involve retired employees.