KIDAPAWAN CITY – Police here said the awareness of women victims of violence has increased that many of them now seek assistance from the police.
Due to an intensified information campaign, many women victims of violence have come out and seek police assistance.
“We would like to interpret this as possibly due to the consciousness now of victims to come out in the open to report VAWC cases,” according to Senior Insp. Lou Melocotones, chief of Kidapawan City Women and Children Protection Desk.
“Women who were victims of harassment, physical and mental abuse, among other abuses, preferred to keep the pain to themselves. But with the police campaign, many of them come out and speak,” she told reporters.
In October this year, Melocotones said, the police has recorded a 70 percent increase in criminal offenses against women and children which is higher than the cases listed in previous months.
She said 34 cases of violence against women and children (VAWC) were recorded in October 2013.
Last September, the police recorded 24 VAWC cases while in previous months the police recorded not more than 10 cases.
Most of the complaints filed by aggrieved women were domestic violence involving couples and sexual abuses.
Melocotones explained that her office had been actively disseminating, through “pulong-pulong” (community gatherings) with barangay folks, Republic Act 9262, also known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law, for local residents to understand the rights of women and children under the Constitution.
“We are glad the local communities are responding positively to our information campaign,” she said.
“Many victims are now coming out and seek protection and assistance from the city police,” Melocotones told reporters.
She appealed to women and mothers whose children were either sexually or physically abused by anyone to report to police for appropriate action before its too late. (PNA)