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Declining cases of violence against women, no reason to drop guards down - PCW

CALAMBA CITY (PIA) – The decline in reported cases of violence against women in Region IV-A should not lead the community to drop its guard, according to the Philippine Commission on Women.

In Calabarzon, women ages 15 to 49 who experienced physical violence from their husbands  or intimate partners dropped from 11% in 2017 to 6% in 2022, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on July 11 based on the 2022 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) regional data dissemination forum.

But Kristie Blames, PCW Deputy Executive Director for Operations, said despite the decline in reported cases, violence is unacceptable and that the community needs to step up efforts to end violence against women (VAW).

“Violence is not justifiable at all costs,” she added.

She urged local governments and government agencies to make use of the NDHS data in formulating action plans to put an end to VAW.

Violence against Women (VAW) is an act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm to women including threats, reprisals, exploitation, harassment, and other forms of control. (Infographic by PSA)

In 2022, Region V (Bicol) topped the incidents of violence against women in the same age group at 26.5%, followed by Region I (Ilocos) at 25% and Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) at 23.7%, the PSA reported on  its website.

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) had the least incidents of VAW at 5.6%, followed by Region IV-A at 13.9% and the National Capital Region at 13.4%.

Balmes said more LGUs could set up their own women violence services similar to the

Gender and Development (GAD) local government hubs that some LGUs have established.

“We need the support of all the agencies and local government units in our campaign to end violence against women and children to drive home the message that there is no room for violence (in society),” she added.

Balmes admitted that the 18-Day Campaign to end VAW was not enough to raise awareness, noting that the help-seeking behavior of women remains low at 42%, or only two in five women never told anyone and sought help about the violence they experienced, while 24%, or one in four women, told someone but never sought help.

The NDHS provides data for monitoring the health situation in the Philippines. It also outlines the latest statistics on issues concerning women and children, including their employment and earnings, access to reproductive healthcare, childhood mortality, exposure to violence, health insurance coverage, vaccination status, and breastfeeding. (AM, PIA 4A)

Hotlines to report cases of violence against women. There are numerous ways to help. If you are aware of incidents of violence against women or if you are experiencing it personally, you may visit the website of PCW to see the hotlines to call per region. (Infographic by PIA)

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Christopher Hedreyda

Region 4A

Provincial Information Center Manager, PIA Laguna

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