VAW Cases in EV Drops by 21% in 2018
Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte –According to the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) of Police Regional Office 8 headed by its Chief, WCPD PSI ANALIZA C ARMEZA, cases of Violence Against Women and (VAW) essentially dropped by 21% for the year 2018 from that of 2017.
As per data gathered, a total of 997 VAW incidents were recorded for the year 2018 as compared to the previous year which tally up to 1,267 cases. There is a significant reduction of 270 incidents or 21% lower. This notable decrease of incidents is the product of the combined efforts of the PNP and other counterparts in the fight against gender-based violence.
The offenses recorded were rape, acts of lasciviousness, anti-violence against women and their children (RA 9262), anti-trafficking in persons (RA 9208), physical injury, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and others.
Meanwhile, WCPD8 is taking its lead role in conducting investigation and filing of cases involving abuse and violence particularly against women and children. They also promote programs and advocacy activities through lectures on the special laws protecting women and children especially in schools and barangays to strengthen community awareness. Likewise, initiates inter-agency fora with the aid of different stakeholders to make sure everyone’s fully aware of their rights, on what to do and where to go whenever said crimes happen.
“Our campaign against all forms of abuses is a continuous commitment. Raising consciousness on matters involving women is not just our concern alone but it is everyone’s lookout. We should all take part in realizing a VAW- free community. As empowered women of today, take courage and stand up for your rights,” PSI Armeza added.
VAW cases are filed with the Family Courts or Regional Trial Court (RTC) with judicial jurisdiction on the crime committed.
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