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Violence against Women (VAW)

is a Human Rights Violation.


The human rights of women are violated when
women are physically injured, raped, beaten,
held captive, or forced to work or provide
services against their will.
When women are trapped in violent marriages or
homes, repeatedly battered, verbally abused and
completely under the control of their husbands or
partners, that is violence against women.

Section 2.

Declaration of Policy

the State values the dignity of


Women and children and
Guarantees full respect for human rights.
State also recognizes the need to protect
the family and its members particularly
women and children
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FRAMEWORK

Anti VAWC Becomes Law


Congress passed the Anti-VAWC Act
(R.A. 9262) in February 2004 and it
was signed into law by Pres. Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo on March 8, 2004,
15 days after it was published in the
newspaper.

The Basis
1.Constitution
2.Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination
Against Women (CEDAW)
3. Universal Declaration of Human
Rights

Section 4.
This ACT shall be liberally construed to
promote the protection and safety of
victims of violence against women and
their children.

What is VAW?

Section 3.

REFERS TO ANY ACT OR SERIES OF ACTS


COMMITTED BY ANY PERSON AGAINST A WOMAN
who is his WIFE, FORMER WIFE, or against a
woman with whom the person has or had a sexual
(either resulted to a child or not) or a dating
relationship, or with whom he has a common CHILD
or against her child (legitimate or illegitimate), within
or without the family abode which will RESULT OR IS
LIKELY TO RESULT IN
PHYSICAL, SEXUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM,
ECONOMIC ABUSE, THREATS

What is VAW?

Section 3.

What: ANY ACT OR SERIES OF ACTS


Who:
Perpetrator: ANY PERSON (male or female)
Victim: WOMAN
Relationship to Perpetrator: his WIFE, FORMER
WIFE,
Or a woman with whom the perpetrator has or
had a sexual (either resulted to a child or not) or a
dating relationship or with whom he has a common
CHILD

What is VAW?

Section 3.

Victim: womans child (legitimate or illegitimate),


Where: Inside or outside the family home.
How: Result or likely result of acts:
PHYSICAL, SEXUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM,
ECONOMIC ABUSE,
THREATS

What is a dating
relationship?
A situation wherein the parties live
as husband and wife without
the benefit of marriage,
or are romantically involved over
time and on a continuing basis
during the course of the
relationship.

BATTERED WIFE
SYNDROME

Psychological & behavioral symptoms found


in women in battering relationships as a
result of cumulative abuse.
4 general characteristics are:
the woman BELIEVES that the violence was
her fault;
the woman is UNABLE to place responsibility
for violence elsewhere;
And in Section 13.
the woman FEARS for her life and/or
her

Physical violence
Section 5 (a)
Refers to acts
that include
bodily or
physical harm

Comparison of Penalties
Prohibite Revised
d Act
Penal
Code

RA 9262

Parricide/Murd 20 years +1 day to life imprisonment


er
12 yrs +1 day to 20 years.
Homicide
12 yrs + 1 day to life imprisonment
Mutilation
2 yrs+4 mos+1 6 years + 1 day
Serious
day
to 12 years (prision
Physical
to 6 years
mayor)
Injuries
Less Serious
Physical

1 month+1 day
to

6 months + 1 day
to 6 years

Mga Pinagbabawal at Kaukulang


Prohibited
Penalty
Parusa

Act

2.Threatening to
cause the woman
or her child
physical harm
(Sec. 5 b)

imprisonment of two
degrees lower than the
penalty for the
consummated crime but in
no case lower than arresto
mayor.

3. Attempting to
cause the woman
or her child
Arresto
physical harm
Mayor (Sec. 5 c)
Imprisonment
of 1 month
4.Placing the

Psychological Violence
(Sec.
3)
C. "Psychological violence - acts or omissions
causing mental or emotional suffering of the victim.
Examples: intimidation, harassment, stalking,
damage to property, public ridicule or humiliation,
repeated verbal abuse and mental infidelity. Also
making the victim witness physical, sexual or
psychological abuse of a member of his/her family,
pornography, abusive injury to pets, unlawful or
unwanted deprivation of the right to custody and/or
visitation of common children.

Sexual Violence (Sec. 3 B)

Rape, sexual harassment, acts of lasciviousness,


treating woman/child as a sex object,
demeaning & sexually suggestive remarks,
physically attacking sexual parts of the victim's
body,
forcing her/him to watch obscene publications &
indecent shows or forcing the woman or her child
to do indecent acts and/or make films thereof
forcing the wife and mistress/lover to live in the
conjugal home or sleep together in the same
room with the abuser;

Sexual Violence (Cont)


b) Acts causing or attempting to
cause the victim to engage in any
sexual activity by force, threat of
force, physical or other harm or
threat of physical or other harm or
coercion;
c) Prostituting the woman or child.

Psychological Violence
(Sec. 3 C)
Acts or omissions causing or likely to
cause mental or emotional suffering
of the victim. Examples:
intimidation, harassment, stalking,
damage to property,
public ridicule or humiliation,
repeated verbal abuse and
marital infidelity.

Psychological Violence
(Sec. 3 C)
Causing or allowing the victim to
witness the physical, sexual or
psychological abuse of a member of the
family to which the victim belongs,
witness pornography in any form
witness abusive injury to pets
unlawful or unwanted deprivation of the
right to custody and/or visitation of
common children.

Economic Abuse

(Sec. 3 D)

Acts that make or attempt to make a woman


financially dependent. Examples:
Withdrawal of financial support
preventing the victim from engaging in any legitimate
profession, occupation, business or activity, except for
valid, serious and moral grounds as defined in Article
73 of the Family Code;
2. Deprivation or threat of deprivation of financial
resources and the right to the use and enjoyment of
the conjugal, community or property owned in
common;

Economic Abuse

(Sec. 3 D)

Deprivation or threat of deprivation of


financial resources and the right to the
use and enjoyment of the conjugal,
community or property owned in
common;
Destroying household property;
Controlling the victims' own money or
properties or solely controlling the
conjugal money or properties.

Imprisonment 6 months +1 day


to 6 years
Sec. 5 (e) Attempting to compel or
compelling the woman or her child to engage in
conduct which the woman or her child has the
right to desist from
or desist from conduct which the woman or
her child has the right to engage in,
or attempting to restrict or restricting the
woman's or her child's freedom of movement or
conduct by force or threat of force, physical or
other harm or threat of physical or other harm,
or intimidation directed against the woman or

Imprisonment 6 months +1 day to 6


years

Sec. 5 (e)

Cont.
Includes, but not limited to, the following acts
committed to control or restrict the
woman's/child's movement or conduct:
(1)Depriving or threatening to deprive the woman
of custody or the child of her/his family;
(2) of financial support legally due her or her
family, or deliberately providing the woman's
children insufficient financial support
(3) of a legal right; and
(4) Preventing the woman from engaging in any
legitimate profession, occupation, business or

Imprisonment 1 Month + 1 day


to 6 months
Sec. 5(f) Inflicting or threatening to inflict
physical harm on oneself for the purpose
of controlling her actions or decisions;

6 years and 1 day to 12 years


5(g) Causing or attempting to cause the
woman/child to engage in any sexual activity
which does not constitute rape, by force or threat
of force, physical harm, or through intimidation
directed against the woman/child or her/his
immediate family;

6 years and 1 day to 12 years


5 (h) Engaging in purposeful, knowing, or reckless
conduct, personally or through another, that
alarms or causes substantial emotional or
psychological distress to the woman or her child.
(1) Stalking or following the woman/child in
public or private places;
(2) Peering in the window or lingering outside the
residence of the woman/child;
3) Entering or remaining in the dwelling or on the
property of the woman or her child against
her/his will;
(4) Destroying the property and personal
belongings or inflicting harm to animals or pets of

Prohibited Acts & Penalties


(Cont)
Penalty: 6 years + 1 day to 12 years
.Sec. 5 (g) Causing mental or emotional
anguish, public ridicule or humiliation
to the woman/childincluding, but not
limited to, repeated verbal and
emotional abuse, and denial of
financial support or custody of minor
children of access to the woman's
child/children.

Additional Penalties (Sec. 6)


6(a) If the acts are committed while
the woman or child is pregnant or
committed in the presence of her
child, the penalty shall be the
maximum period prescribed in the
Section.
(a) pay a fine in the amount of not less
than P100,000.00 but not more than
P300,000.00;
(b) undergo mandatory psychological

Prescriptive period
Acts falling under 5a to 5f shall
prescribe in 20 years
Acts falling under 5g to 5h shall
prescribe in 10 years

Section 8

As public crime
As a public offense, VAWC may
be prosecuted upon the filing of
a complaint by any citizen
having personal knowledge of
the circumstances involving the
commission of the crime.

Protection Orders
TO SAFEGUARD THE VICTIM
FROM FURTHER HARM
MINIMIZE ANY DISRUPTION IN
THE VICTIMS DAILY LIFE
FACILITATE OPPORTUNITIES
and THE ABILITY OF THE
VICTIM TO INDEPENDENTLY
REGAIN
TROL OVER LIFE.

Removal and exclusion


of the respondent
from the residence
Lawful possession and
use by petitioner of an
automobile and other
essential personal
effects
Grant of temporary or permanent
custody of a child/ children to
the petitioner

Mga Protection Order


PPO
Valid
everywhere in
the Philippines

TPO
Valid
everywhere in
the Philippines.

BPO
Valid within the
Barangay
Valid or 15 days

Valid until
revoked by the
Court.

Valid for 30 days


(renewable).

Penalty for violating the PPO or


TPO

Penalty for
Violating the
BPO

Fine of P5,000.00 to P50,000.00


Imprisonment of

Protection Orders: BPO, TPO,


PPO
TPOPPO
BPO
(Permanent
Protection
Order

(Temporary
Protection
Order

Issued by the family court


where the applicant lives.
If there is no family court, in
the

Issued at the Barangay


level by the Punong
Barangay,
In the absence of the
Punong Barangay, by
any Barangay Kagawad

regional trial court


metropolitan trial court
In which case, the
municipal trial court
Kagawad must attest
municipal circuit trial court that the Punong
Barangay was

Barangay Protection
Order
(Section 14)
For Section 5 (a) and (b) of the Act.
Ex parte determination of the basis of the
application
Punong Barangay or Barangay Kagawad if
Punong Barangay is not available.

Effective for 15 days

Violation of the BPO 30 days imprisonment


without prejudice to any other criminal or
civil action

Procedure for Obtaining


a BPO
a) application in writing, signed by the victimsurvivor/petitioner, and attested before the Punong
Barangay who has jurisdiction over the application.
The Punong Barangay or Kagawad shall assist the
victim-survivor/ petitioner in any application for a
BPO.
b) The BPO must be issued by the Punong Barangay
(or in his absence, any available Barangay
Kagawad) on the same day of application, upon the
conclusion of the ex parte proceedings (The
respondent is not entitled to notice and hearing).
c) The BPOs shall be effective for fifteen (15) days.

Bond to keep the peace


2 sufficient sureties that shall
undertake that such person will not
commit the violence sought to be
preventedfailure to give the bond
will result to detention which shall not
exceed 6 months (acts from 5a to 5f)
and 30 days for acts from 5g to 5h.
Section 23.

Duties of Brgy Officials and


Law Enforcers
Section 30

Respond immediately to a call for


help
Confiscate any deadly weapon
Escort victim to a safe place/clinic

Duties of Brgy Officials


and Law Enforcers
Section 30

Assist victim in removing personal


belonging
Ensure POs (Protection Order) by the
Punong Barangays
Arrest perpetrator even without a warrant
Report to DSWD or accredited NGOs and
to the
PNP-Women and Childrens Desk

Responsibilities/Duties of Brgy
Officials
Rule IV IRR

Personally serve the BPO or order other


brgy officials to conduct personal delivery
w/in 24 hrs from issuance of BPO, shall
assist the victim survivor/petitioner in
filing for an application for a TPO/PPO
Brgy shall ensure that transportation is
available for filing for an application for a
protection order w/the courts

Responsibilities/Duties of
Brgy Officials
Rule IV IRR

Record all BPOs in a logbook specifically for


VAWC cases (confidential), quarterly
submission to DILG
PB shall furnish a copy of all BPOs to the
PNP-WCPD---enter in a logbook
Residence is an issue, within 2 hours from
request, brgy officials shall assist victims in
filing for a PO.
To initiate in filing complaints in violation of
BPO

Duties & Functions of Brgy


Officials
Section 47 of IRR

Undertake an Education Program on


RA 9262
Have a Family Violence Prevention
Program (peer counseling for men)
Support programs for women (equity
principle)
Prioritize livelihood projects for
victims-survivors

Duties & Functions of Brgy


Officials
Section 47 of IRR

GST for all brgy officials


System for documenting cases
Prescribe guidelines consistent
with this Act.
Report to DSWD w/in 4 hours from
time of reporting and also to
WCCD
Not lupon-able

DUTIES OF THE COURT IN VAWC


CASES:
1.Confidentiality Rule. All records
pertaining to VAWC cases shall be
confidential and all public officers and
employees and public or private clinics
to hospitals shall respect the right to
privacy of the victim.
2.Know and study VAWC Issues
3.Do not mediate or settle VAWC Cases
4.Refer the victim to the Public Attorneys
Office (PAO) for assistance in the application
for the protection order if the victim cannot
afford a lawyer.

DUTIES OF COURT PERSONNEL


1.Assist victims in preparing the application
for a protection order.
2.Communicate with the victim in a
language understood by her/him.
3.Inform the victim-survivor of her rights
including legal remedies available and
procedures, and privileges for indigent
litigants.
4.Study and be familiar with VAWC issues
5.Observe the confidentiality rule.

DUTIES OF LGUs & GOVT


AGENCIES
1. establish programs such as, but not limited
to, education and information campaign and
seminars or symposia on the nature, causes,
incidence and consequences of such violence
particularly towards educating the public on its
social impacts.
It shall be the duty of the concerned
government agencies and LGU's to ensure the
sustained education and training of their
officers and personnel on the prevention of
violence against women and their children

Duties of Healthcare
Providers:
Healthcare providers
who suspects abuse or has

been informed by the victim of violence shall:


(a) document victim's injuries;
(b) record victim's suspicions, observations and
circumstances of the examination or visit;
(c) provide a medical certificate;
(d) safeguard the records and make them available
to the victim upon request at actual cost; and
(e) provide the victim immediate and adequate
notice of rights and remedies provided under this
Act, and services available to them.

Funding
SECTION 45. Funding The amount
necessary to implement the provisions of
this Act shall be included in the annual
General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The Gender and Development (GAD)
Budget of the mandated agencies and
LGU's shall be used to implement
services for victim of violence against
women and their children.

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Womens Human
Rights.
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