The Ministry of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 served more clients against violence against women and children (VAWC) in the community in 2020 than in 2019.
DSWD 7 reported in its report on gender performance and development for the 2019-2020 period that it served 9,230 clients in the community in 2020, down from just 265 in 2019.
Lilibeth Cabiara, the central figure in the DSWD 7 women’s sector, said community-based prevention, rehabilitation, and development programs and initiatives mobilize or leverage the family and community to respond to a problem, need, issue, or concern of Respond to children, youth, women and people with disabilities, the elderly and families who are in need and at risk.
She said these clients were women and children who reported experiences of physical abuse, illegal recruitment, victims of human trafficking, and other circumstances in need of DSWD support, such as child custody and support, emotional abuse, women in particularly difficult circumstances Circumstances (WEDC), lack of financial support, documentary problems (amnesty), and survivors of unfair labor practices (e.g. abuse, breach of contract, non-payment or low salary, no food, overwork, and no day off).
Of the 265 clients served in the community who were looked after in 2019, the majority or 189 were victims of human trafficking, 41 were involved in child benefit issues, 26 concerned child custody, eight were due to lack of financial support and one was for the WEDC .
Of the 9,230 community-based customers served in 2020, the majority, or 9,065, were WEDC; 69 were victims of unfair work practices; 19 were physically abused, ill-treated, or ill-treated; 17 were for child benefit issues; 14 were for custody; 13 were victims of illegal recruitment; and three were for documentary issues.
Cabiara said WEDC are those women who go to the crisis intervention unit to seek funeral, medical, transportation, educational assistance, and the like.
In a previous SunStar Cebu report, Cabiara said the Covid-19 pandemic increases the “opportunities and factors for women to experience violence” because there are fewer alternatives for income, unemployment and quarantines for communities and households.
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In addition to community-based customers, the DSWD 7 also served 277 center-based customers.
That’s fewer than the 530 center-based customers served in 2019.
According to Cabiara, the center is divided into two categories: One is center-based, a non-residential facility that implements programs and provides services to people with disabilities and other special groups, particularly in terms of vocational / social rehabilitation and qualification for socio-economic independence and productivity like the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center.
Nursing homes such as Regional Haven for Women in Katipunan, Cebu City and Home for Girls in A. Lopez St., Cebu City, offer facilities to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people and families in crisis whose needs cannot Watch alternative family care be taken by their families and relatives or by some other form of alternative family care for a period of time, she said.
Of the 530 clients at centers the agency served in 2019, 139 were victims of sexual abuse (rape – 92 and incest – 47); 84 were sexually exploited (one was a victim of prostitution, 46 was a victim of pornography, and 37 was a victim of cyberpornography); 37 were physically abused; 86 were victims of human trafficking; five were abandoned; 14 were neglected; 11 women were at odds with the law; 31 were psychologically / emotionally abused; two were street families; and 121 were marked as other customers.
In 2020, 87 were victims of sexual abuse (rape – 40, incest – 44 and lascivious acts – 3); 45 were sexually exploited (four were victims of prostitution and 41 were victims of cyberpornography); 18 were physically abused; 38 were victims of human trafficking; one was abandoned; one was neglected; one was a woman at odds with the law; 18 were psychologically / emotionally abused; 57 were marked as other customers; and 11 people were disabled.
The DSWD 7 previously admitted that while the localized lockdown was in place, it struggled to accept referrals and reach victims of VAWC cases as the agency had been tapped to help with programs and services aimed at addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. (PSP)
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