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Domestic violence up in Caraga

by Angie Balen

Butuan City (16 March) -- The incidence of spousal violence of women in Caraga posted high than on national average.

According to the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), 20.9.% of married women age 15-49 in the region experienced physical violence by their spouse, which is higher compared to the national figure (14.4%).

Survey further revealed that women were hit by their husband because of jealousy (37.6%), followed by insist on knowing where she is at all times (23using on being unfaithful (22.6%).

A study disclosed that women with exposure to spousal violence would likely result to mental health problems, which include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and suicidal behaviors and might have an increased risk of premature mortality due to the direct effects of trauma and due to increased risk of suicide.

On the other hand, the children and youth who witness family violence is more likely to use drugs, more likely to have suicidal thoughts and more likely to be charged with a criminal offense and as he grow up the child may uphold that violence is an acceptable form of conflict resolution. Thus, practice the same as soon as he/she has a family.

Furthermore, the greater is the amount of physical violence towards a spouse, the greater the probability of physical abuse of a child by the abusive spouse.

NDHS also revealed that married women here in the region have committed physical violence against their husband (24.2%)

The Commission on Population thru the Local Population Offices emphasized in the Responsible Parenting Movement classes that some of the important elements of a happy relationship between husband and wife are love, respect and understanding to avoid violence and achieve a harmonious married life. (POPCOM-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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