Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has urged residents to report immediately domestic violence and rape cases following a marked increase in Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) cases in the city.
According to Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Brig. Gen. Antonio Yarra, 66.67 percent increase in VAWC cases and a 21.54 percent increase in rape cases were reported for the first eight months compared to the same period last year.
“We have launched a campaign to make women aware of their rights and make them advocates so they will be encouraged to report abuses,” Yarra said.
Belmonte urged the victims or their relatives to report such abuses to the QC Protection Center through Hotline 122, or to the barangay and QCPD Women’s Desk.
“Nakakabahala ang mataas na numerong ito ng mga kaso ng pang-aabuso. Hindi natin ito maaaring palampasin at kailangan gawan agad ng aksyon. Ang mga tahanan ay itinuturing nating safe space at dapat nating mapanatiling ligtas ang mga ito sa anumang uri ng karahasan. Ang mahalaga ay maiparating natin sa mga biktima na may matatakbuhan at may magtatanggol sa kanila (The high number of abuse cases is alarming. We won’t tolerate this and immediate action must be taken. Homes are considered safe spaces and we must keep them safe from any kind of violence. The important thing is that we can convey to the victims that there is someone to run to and someone to defend them),” she said.
“Kailangan natin paigtingin pa ang ating mga programa para sa kaligtasan ng mga biktima ng karahasan. We cannot let any QCitizen suffer from gender-based violence in Quezon City especially during the pandemic (We need to intensify our programs for the safety of victims of violence. We cannot let any QCitizen suffer from gender-based violence in Quezon City especially during this pandemic),” she added.
The city mayor instructed the QCPD, QC Protection Center, and Gender and Development Office to monitor closely and respond immediately to reports pertaining to VAWC.
In 2020, the city government reopened the QC Protection Center for victims and survivors of gender-based violence and abuse which provides medical and legal assistance, and counseling.