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PIA Press Release
2007/09/11

DSWD urges public to report violence vs women, children

Cagayan de Oro City (11 September) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 10 (DSWD-10) is seeking public support in reporting any incidences that relate to violence against women and children.

Considered as one of the vulnerable persons in the society, women and children have rights, as dictated on several Republic Acts that protect them from violence. The public needs to be made aware of these rights.

Violence may be in the form of acting or attempting sexual, social, psychological, economic abuse, and physical harm to a person or persons. Usually these are in the forms of but not limited to harassment, inflicting threats or fear, rape, deprivation, ridicule, humiliation, verbal abuse, denial of financial support, and even destroying the victim(s)' property and personal belongings through infliction of harm.

Any concerned citizen and even the victims themselves may report incidences of violence to the local officials where the victim(s) reside or where the violence has took place, or may directly report to the Philippine National Police (PNP) or Social Workers. If no officials, police officers and/or social workers are around at the time of the act of violence, the citizen may do a warrantless arrest of the perpetrator and may report the latter and the case after the arrest.

Aside from medical attention, the victim(s) of violence will also be given a Barangay Protection Order (BPO), a Temporary Protection Order (TPO), or a Permanent Protection Order (PPO), which serves as a preventive measure of harm or any acts of violence for the victim(s). The victim(s) may decide to stay at home, or with her friends or relatives. But if the victim(s) decides not to, he or she will be under the custody of DSWD.

The perpetrator may face charges based on the Revised Penal Code and/or Presidential Decree 603 and/or Republic Act (RA) 7610, RA 7192, RA 9208, RA 7877, RA 8353, RA 9253, RA 9344.

All reports of each case including the identity of the person who reported such case will be held confidential by the service providers, which handle violence against women and children.

The public may also call DSWD Region 10 at (088) 858-8134, 858-6333, 858-8892 (local number 102) on reports of violence against women and children. (DSWD-10) [top]

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