Domestic violence up during lockdown

GABRIELA Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas decried the increase in incidence of domestic violence during community quarantine.

According to Brosas, the incidence of domestic violence during the implementation of enhanced community quarantine could be much worse than what is officially reported, as victims are locked up in fear inside their homes with the perpetrators.

Reports said that there are 3,700 cases of violence against women and children during ECQ as a result of pandemic brought by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The almost 3,700 cases of reported violence against women and children could just be part of a bigger figure,” Brosas said.

“ It will never be easy for victims to report to the police or to the barangay given the climate of fear inside their homes, and the highly restricted conditions such as curfew and limited quarantine pass mostly issued to their husbands as head of the family,” she added.

The lady solon added that it will also never be easy for victims to reach out to authorities when some police officers are reported to have taken advantage of the quarantine restrictions to make advances on women at their checkpoints.

She stressed that this is the outcome of the haphazard imposition of the lockdown without being mindful of the already rising domestic violence cases before the enforcement of the lockdown.

“We have sounded the alarm last March over the alarming incidence of domestic violence happening every 10 minutes, based on official data and on the complaints that we are receiving online,” she said.

Gabriela Women’s Party continues to wage its #LabananAngAbuso campaign online and offline to offer victims a safe space to report their complaints. Sexual harassment victims can also reach out to Gabriela’s chatbot, Gabbie by Gabriela, on Facebook for the 24/7 processing of their complaints.