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THE ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST

WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN


ACT OF 2004
Republic Act No. 9262
Why do we have the VAWC Law?

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To fulfill our international To provide legal protection to
commitments and our women and children from
Constitutional mandate various forms of abuse in
intimate relationships
WHAT IS THE ANTI-VAWC LAW?
• It is the law that penalizes acts of violence against women and their
children and treats it as a PUBLIC CRIME.
• Acts of violence include physical violence, sexual violence,
psychological violence and economic abuse.
• A Public Crime is a public offense which may be prosecuted upon the
filing of a complaint by ANY CITIZEN HAVING PERSONAL
KNOWLEDGE of the circumstances involving the commission of the
crime.
WHAT IS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND
CHILDREN?
• any act or a 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 or dating relationship, or with whom
he has a common child,
• or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without
the family abode,
• which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or
suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts,
• battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.
WHO ARE PROTECTED BY THE ANTI-VAWC
ACT?
1. the woman

2. her children (below 18 years old, legitimate or illegitimate, or 18


years and above but incapable of taking care of themselves)

3. ‘children under care’ (those who are not her biological


children but live with her, such as her nephews or nieces, and
children of her ‘kasambahay’)
WHO ARE LIABLE FOR VAWC?
HUSBANDS

FORMER or EX-HUSBANDS

PRESENT and FORMER BOYFRIENDS or LIVE-IN PARTNERS

MEN WITH WHOM the WOMAN HAS A COMMON CHILD (includes rapist)

MAN/WOMAN WITH WHOM THE WOMAN HAS OR HAD A ‘DATING OR SEXUAL


RELATIONSHIP’
CAN A WOMAN
WHO HAD A • YES, a single sexual act is included in a ‘sexual
relations.’ [Paragraph f, Sec. 3]
SINGLE SEXUAL
• Example is if the offender threatens to publicly
ACT WITH THE humiliate the woman after they had a sexual
act.
OFFENDER FILE
• a prostitute if she is being harassed or abused
A CASE UNDER or publicly humiliated by a man/woman with
whom she had a single sexual contact.
ANTI-VAWC
ACT?
PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

SEXUAL VIOLENCE
ACTS
INCLUDED IN PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE
VAWC ECONOMIC ABUSE

OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENCE


Examples:
PHYSICAL Punching,
VIOLENCE Slapping,
Kicking,
Hitting

Acts that include BODILY OR PHYSICAL


HARM
an act that is sexual in

SEXUAL VIOLENCE nature, committed


against the woman or
her child
Rape

Sexual Harassment

Acts of lasciviousness

SEXUAL Treating a woman or her child as a sex object

VIOLENCE – Making demeaning and sexually suggestive remarks

includes, but Physically attacking the sexual parts of the victim’s body

not limited to: Forcing her/him to watch obscene publications and indecent shows

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;
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;
SEXUAL
VIOLENCE
Prostituting the woman or child
PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE

acts or omissions causing or likely to cause mental or


emotional suffering of the victim
• intimidation,
• harassment,
• stalking,
• damage to property,
PSYCHOLOGICAL • public ridicule or humiliation,
• repeated verbal abuse
VIOLENCE – • and marital infidelity.
includes but not • It includes causing or allowing the victim to witness the physical,
limited to: sexual or psychological abuse of a member of the family to which
the victim belongs,
• or to witness pornography in any form
• or to witness abusive injury to pets
• or to unlawful or unwanted deprivation of the right to custody
and/or visitation of common children.
ECONOMIC ABUSE
acts that make or attempt to make
a woman financially dependent
Or preventing the victim from
engaging in any legitimate
profession, occupation, business or
activity, except in cases wherein the
Withdrawal of financial support
other spouse/partner objects on
valid, serious and moral grounds as
defined in Article 73 of the Family
Code;

ECONOMIC Deprivation or threat of deprivation


of financial resources and the right
to the use and enjoyment of the Destroying household property;

ABUSE - conjugal, community or property


owned in common;

Controlling the victims' own money


or properties or solely controlling
the conjugal money or properties.
There are a TOTAL
OF 9 PROHIBITED
ACTS covering:
PROHIBITED
ACTS •Physical
•Sexual
•Psychological violence
•Economic abuse
PROHIBITED ACTS
(Sec. 5)
Causing Causing physical harm to the woman or her child;

Threatening Threatening to cause the woman or her child physical harm;

Attempting Attempting to cause the woman or her child physical harm;

Placing Placing the woman or her child in fear of imminent physical harm;
PROHIBITED ACTS
(Sec. 5)
•… the woman or her child to engage in conduct which
Attempting the woman or her child has the right to desist from
to compel or
compelling … or desist from conduct which the woman or her child
has the right to engage in,

the woman's or her child's freedom of movement or


Attempting to
conduct by force or threat of force, physical or other
restrict or
harm or threat of physical or other harm, or
restricting
intimidation directed against the woman or child.
This shall include, but not limited to, the following acts
committed with the purpose or effect of controlling or
restricting the woman's or her child's movement or conduct:

Threatening to Deprive the woman or her child of custody to her/his family;


or Actually Depriving

Depriving or the woman or her children of financial support legally due her or her family, or deliberately providing the woman's children
Threatening to Deprive insufficient financial suppor

Depriving or The woman or her child of a legal right


Threatening to Deprive

Preventing the woman in engaging in any legitimate profession, occupation, business or activity; or

Controlling the victim's own mon4ey or properties, or solely controlling the conjugal or common money, or properties
This shall include, but not limited to, the following acts
committed with the purpose or effect of controlling or
restricting the woman's or her child's movement or conduct:
in purposeful, knowing, or reckless conduct, personally or through another, that alarms or causes substantial emotional or psychological
Engaging distress to the woman or her child. Such as:

Stalking or following the woman or her child in public or private places;

Peering in the window or lingering outside the residence of the woman or her child;

Entering or remaining in the dwelling or on the property of the woman or her child against her/his will;

Destroying the property and personal belongings or

Inflicting harm to animals or pets of the woman or her child; and

Engaging in any form of harassment or violence.


SOME LEGAL PRINCIPLES

• There is no crime if there is no law punishing it.


• Not all the acts enumerated in the definition of
Psychological, Sexual and Economic Abuse are
found in the prohibited acts which are
punishable by law
• Ex. Crimes like Rape, acts of lasciviousness are
punishable under the Revised Penal Code
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(a) - Causing physical harm to the woman or her child;

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE LAW APPLICABLE PENALTY


Parricide (attempted, Revised Penal Code Reclusion Perpetua (20 years
frustrated) & 1 day) to Death
Murder Revised Penal Code Reclusion Perpetua (20 years
& 1 day) to Death
Homicide Revised Penal Code Reclusion Temporal (12 years
& 1 day to 20 years)
If physical harm results in Revised Penal Code Reclusion Temporal to
mutilation Reclusion Perpetua
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(a) - Causing physical harm to the woman or her child;

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY


Serious Physical Injuries Prision Mayor (6 years & 1 day to 12 years)

Less Serious Physical Injuries Prision Mayor (6 months & 1 day to 6 years)

Slight Physical Injuries Arresto Mayor (1 month & 1 day to 6


months)

NOTE: Penalties for the above crimes are higher under RA 9262
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(b) - Threatening to cause the woman or her child physical harm

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE LAW APPLICABLE PENALTY


Parricide (attempted, Revised Penal 2 degrees lower than Reclusion Perpetua
frustrated) Code (20 years & 1 day) to Death
Murder Revised Penal 2 degrees lower than Reclusion Perpetua
Code (20 years & 1 day) to Death
Homicide Revised Penal 2 degrees lower Reclusion Temporal (12
Code years & 1 day to 20 years)
If physical harm results in Revised Penal 2 degrees lower Reclusion Temporal to
mutilation Code Reclusion Perpetua

NOTE: 2 degrees lower than the penalty for the consummated crime but not lower than Arresto Mayor
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(c) and 5(d)

;
PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY
Attempting to cause the woman or Arresto Mayor (1 month & 1 day to 6
her child physical harm months)
(d) Placing the woman or her child in Arresto Mayor (1 month & 1 day to 6
fear of imminent physical harm; months)
Slight Physical Injuries Arresto Mayor (1 month & 1 day to 6
months)

NOTE: Penalties for the above crimes are higher under RA 9262
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(e) – restricting movement, controlling the woman and
her child’s conduct, etc.
PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY
;
Compelling conduct w/c woman and child has a Prision Correccional (6 months & 1
right to desist from day to 6 years)
Compelling woman & child to desist from Prision Correccional (6 months & 1
conduct they have a right to engage in day to 6 years)
Attempting to or restricting freedom of Prision Correccional (6 months & 1
movement day to 6 years)

NOTE: Penalties for the above crimes are higher under RA 9262
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(f) and 5(g)

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY


Inflicting or threatening to inflict physical harm on Arresto Mayor
oneself for the purpose of controlling the woman’s
actions or decisions
Causing or attempting to cause the woman or her Prision Mayor (6 years & 1 day
child to engage in any sexual activity which does to 12 years)
not constitute rape, by force or threat of force,
physical harm, or through intimidation directed
against the woman or her child or her/his
immediate family;
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(h)

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY


Engaging in purposeful, knowing, or reckless conduct, personally Prision Mayor
or through another, that alarms or causes substantial emotional or
psychological distress to the woman or her child. This shall include,
but not be limited to, the following acts:
(1) Stalking or following the woman or her child in public or
private places;
(2) Peering in the window or lingering outside the residence of the
woman or her 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 the woman or her child; and
(5) Engaging in any form of harassment or violence.
PENALTIES
Violation of Section 5(i)

PROHIBITED ACT/S APPLICABLE PENALTY


Causing mental or emotional anguish, public ridicule or Prision Mayor
humiliation to the woman or her child, including, 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.
NOTE:
AGGRAVATING: If the acts are committed while the woman or child is
pregnant or committed in the presence of her child, the penalty to be
applied shall be the maximum period of penalty prescribed in the Sec.

In addition to imprisonment, the perpetrator shall (a) pay a fine in the


amount of not less than One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00)
but not more than three hundred thousand pesos (300,000.00); (b)
undergo mandatory psychological counseling or psychiatric treatment
and shall report compliance to the court.
WHAT ARE THE REMEDIES OF THE VICTIM?

1 2 3
1. Apply for a 2. File a criminal 3. File an action for
Protection Order: complaint – VAWC is a damages – a victim of
• Barangay Protection Order public crime VAWC is entitled to
• Temporary Protection actual, compensatory,
Order or Permanent moral and exemplary
Protection Order damages
WHAT IS A An Order issued under the anti-vawc law
PROTECTION for the purpose of preventing further acts
ORDER of violence against a woman or her
child/children and granting other
necessary relief…
PURPOSE OF • Prevent further acts of violence
PROTECTION • Safeguard the victims from further harm
ORDERS • Minimize disruption in victim’s daily life
• Give victim the opportunity and ability
to regain control of life
BARANGAY PROTECTION ORDER (BPO) – issued by the
Punong Barangay or Barangay Kagawad in his absence. Valid
for 15 days (non-extendible)

TEMPORARY PROTECTION ORDER (TPO) – issued by a


TYPES OF RTC/MTC/MuTC/MCTC judge with territorial jurisdiction
over the place of residence of the Petitioner but if there is a
family court in the place of residence, the application shall
PROTECTION be filed with the family court; valid for 30 days (renewable)

ORDERS PERMANENT PROTECTION ORDER (PPO) - issued by a


RTC/MTC/MuTC/MCTC judge with territorial jurisdiction
over the place of residence of the Petitioner but if there is a
family court in the place of residence, the application shall
be filed with the family court
BARANGAY BPO
PROTECTION ORDER
refer to ex parte protection orders issued by the
PUNONG BARANGAY or kagawad under the Anti-
VAWC Act ordering the perpetrator/respondent to
STOP:

Barangay -(a) causing physical harm to the woman and/or her


Protection child; and

Orders -(b) threatening to cause the woman or her child


physical harm.

-Harrassing, annoying, telephoning, contacting or


otherwise communicating with the victim, directly or
indirectly (through other persons)
- Issued by the Punong Barangay or if the Punong
Barangay is unavailable, the application shall be
acted upon by any available Barangay Kagawad. If
the BPO is issued by a Barangay Kagawad the order
must be accompanied by an attestation by the
BARANGAY Barangay Kagawad that the Punong Barangay was
unavailable at the time for the issuance of the BPO.
PROTECTION
- Upon issuance, shall be personally served by the PB
ORDERS or Kagawad upon the respondent

- The parties may be accompanied by a non-lawyer


advocate in any proceeding before the Punong
Barangay.
• Shall issue on the date of filing after ex parte
determination of the basis of the application
• BPOs shall be effective for fifteen (15) days immediately
after the issuance of an ex parte BPO. It cannot be
extended.
• Ex parte means the respondent is not notified and is
not present when the victim is being interviewed.
• Another BPO may be issued if within the 15 day period,
the respondent commits physical violence or threatens
to physically harm the woman/her children.

BPO features
•Application for BPO is free
•Proof of physical injuries or
Medico Legal Certificate is not
required (but advised – it will
help as evidence in court)

BPO features
WHO MAY FILE A PETITION FOR
PROTECTION ORDER
• The offended party
• Parents or guardians of the offended party
• Ascendants, descendants or collateral relatives
within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or
affinity
• Officers or social workers of the DSWD or LGUs
• Police officers, preferably those in women &
children’s desks
WHO MAY FILE A PETITION
FOR PROTECTION ORDER
• Punong Barangay or Barangay
Kagawad
• Lawyer, counselor, therapist or
healthcare provider of the petitioner
• At least 2 concerned responsible
citizens where VAWC occurred with
personal knowledge of the offense
committed
• In all the above, if the applicant is not
the victim, must be accompanied by
an Affidavit of the victim
WHERE DO YOU APPLY FOR BPO

Barangay where the


In the barangay where respondent lives, if
the victim lives at s/he lives in another
present barangay within the
same city/municipality
WHERE DO YOU APPLY FOR BPO

Barangay officials CANNOT


If respondent lives in another issue a BPO to someone who
city or municipality, victim does not live within the same
should file a petition for TPO barangay, so assist victim in
and PPO in the Family Court filing criminal complaint with
where she lives. the police and/or application
TPO/PPO in court.
Prohibiting respondent from
committing or threatening to
commit, personally or through
another, the prohibited acts under
RELIEFS sec. 5 (a) and (b) of RA 9262
GRANTED
Prohibiting respondent from
UNDER BPO harassing, annoying, telephoning,
contacting or communicating with
victim, directly or indirectly
• a) The application for a BPO shall be in writing,
signed by the victim-survivor/petitioner, and in
a language understood by her/him.
• It shall be attested before the Punong Barangay
How to Apply who has jurisdiction over the application. The
Punong Barangay or Kagawad shall assist the
for a BPO victimsurvivor/petitioner in any application for
a BPO.
• The ex parte determination on the application
for a protection order shall have priority over all
proceedings.
• b) The Punong Barangay or Kagawad must issue the
BPO on the same day of application, immediately
upon the conclusion of the ex parte proceedings.

• The BPO shall state the last known address of the


respondent, the date and time of issuance, and the
How to Apply protective remedies prayed for by the victim-
survivor/petitioner.
for a BPO • If the Punong Barangay is unavailable to act on the
application for a BPO, the application shall be acted
upon by any available Kagawad. In such a case, the
order must be accompanied by an attestation by the
Barangay Kagawad that the Punong Barangay was
unavailable at the time of the issuance of the BPO.
• A BPO is granted ex parte, without notice and
hearing to the respondent. The victim-
survivor/petitioner may be accompanied by any
non-lawyer advocate in the proceedings before
the Punong Barangay.
How to apply • The Punong Barangay or kagawad, law enforcers
for a BPO and other government agencies shall not
mediate or conciliate or influence the victim-
survivor/petitioner for a protection order to
compromise or abandon the relief sought.
• The Punong Barangay or Kagawad, or the Barangay Secretary, shall
record all BPOs in a logbook specifically for cases of VAWC. This
logbook is confidential and must be kept from the public especially the
media.
• They shall submit a quarterly report of all BPOs issued to the local
office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
• •The DILG shall submit a summary report of the BPOs issued to the
Secretariat of the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women
and Their Children (IAC-VAWC).
All BPOs shall be enforceable within the barangay that issued the BPO.
The Punong Barangay shall furnish a copy of all BPOs to the Philippine
National Police-Women and Children Protection Desks (PNP-
WCPD)who has jurisdiction in the city or municipality and shall be
entered in a logbook for that purpose.
The issuance of a BPO or the pendency of an application for a BPO shall
not preclude the victim-survivor/petitioner from applying for, or the
court from granting, a TPO or PPO. However, where a Temporary
Protection has already been granted by any court, the barangay official
may no longer issue a BPO.
• May be filed as an independent
action or as an incidental relief
in any civil or criminal case
HOW TO APPLY where subject matter partakes
of a violence as described in the
law.
• The application must be:
• in writing,
• signed and
• verified under oath by
applicant.
• What the victim-survivor should
do:
• 1. Go to Barangay Hall (Request
Assistance from the PNP or NGO
if necessary)
WHAT VICTIM • 2. Ask for the Pro-formal
Application for BPO3. Complete
SHOULD DO the Form (fill it up)
4. Attach necessary evidence (if
necessary)
• a. Police Blotter
b. Medical Certificate
c. Affidavit of witnesses
• 5. Submitted complete form
• 6. Respond to clarificatory
questions from the Bgy Captain or
Bgy Kagawad (if there are)
• Names and addresses of petitioner and respondent.
• Description of relationships between petitioner and
respondent.
• Statement of the circumstance of the abuse.
• Description of the reliefs requested
• Request for counsel and reason for such
• Request for waiver of application fees until hearing
CONTENTS OF
• Attestation of no pending application for a protection
APPLICATION ORDER order in another court.
• When disclosure of the address of the victim will pose
danger to her life, it must be stated in the application.
• Mailing address must be provided.
• The application will be considered for both TPO and PPO.
VIOLATION OF • A complaint for a violation of a BPO issued under the Act
must be filed directly with any Municipal Trial Court,
BPO Metropolitan Trial Court, for Municipal Circuit Trial Court
that has territorial jurisdiction over the barangay that
issued the BPO.
• Violation of a BPO shall be punishable by imprisonment
of thirty (30) days without prejudice to any other
criminal or civil action that the offended party may file
for any of the acts committed.
VIOLATION OF • A complaint for a violation of a BPO shall be initiated by
the Punong Barangay or Kagawad who issued the BPO
BPO and if he/she is no longer in office or is incapacitated,
may be filed by any barangay official.
• It shall be the primary responsibility of these barangay
officials to initiate complaints for violations of BPOs.
• In the event that the Punong Barangay or Kagawad or
barangay official referred to in the preceding paragraph
refuses to initiate a complaint for a violation of a BPO,
the victim-survivor/applicant shall have the right to file
such complaint, without prejudice to the right to file
appropriate administrative, civil or criminal action
against the barangay official concerned.
• A judgment of violation of a BPO may be appealed
according to the Rules of Court. During trial and upon
judgment, the trial court where the petition is filed may
motu proprio issue a protection order as it deems
necessary without need of an application
Issued by the Court on the
day of filing
Ex parte ;
TEMPORARY
PROTECTION
ORDER (TPO) Priority over all other cases

Effective for 30 days;


extendible
PERMANENT PROTECTION ORDER (PPO)
issued after notice and hearing

In case respondent fails to appear despite proper notice, the court shall allow ex parte presentation
of evidence by the applicant
Regardless of the outcome of the case, court determines If PPO shall become final, can be granted
even if there is dismissal
custody, support to the woman and/or her children

respondent to leave the residence permanently

with Bond to Keep the Peace


Prohibiting respondent from committing or threatening
to commit, personally or through another, the
prohibited acts under RA 9262

Prohibiting respondent from harassing, annoying,


RELIEFS telephoning , contacting or communicating with victim,
directly or indirectly
GRANTED
UNDER TPO Removing the respondent from the residence of the
petitioner – REGARDLESS of the ownership of the
and PPO residence, temporarily or permanently (where no
property rights are violated)
If respondent has to remove personal belongings, he
shall be accompanied by a law enforcement agent
Directing Respondent to stay away from Petitioner and family. or
household member at a distance designated by the court; to stay
away from the residence, school, place of work or any place
frequented by Petitioner and designated family or household
member
Directing lawful possession and use by Petitioner of an
RELIEFS automobile & other personal effects including protection from
law enforcement to restore possession or removal of personal
belongings
GRANTED
UNDER TPO Granting temporary or permanent custody of a child/children to
Petitioner

and PPO
Directing Respondent to provide support to the woman or child if
entitled to legal support. Court shall order an appropriate
percentage of income or salary to be withheld and remitted
automatically to the woman.
Prohibition from any use of firearm or deadly weapon including
revocation of license and disqualification to use. If a law
enforcement agent, Respondent shall surrender his firearm and
the Court shall direct the appropriate authority to investigate on
the offender.
Restitution for actual damages caused by the violence inflicted.
RELIEFS
GRANTED
UNDER TPO Directing the DSWD or appropriate agency to provide what
Petitioner may need;

and PPO
Other reliefs necessary to protect the Petitioner and family or
household member
What is the effect of the absence of a decree
of legal separation, annulment or declaration
of nullity on the reliefs granted by the
Protection Order?

No effect. The reliefs shall still be granted.


(Sec. 8)
If you have a pending BPO or an issued BPO,
can you still apply for and be granted a TPO
or PPO?

YES. (Sec. 8)
CAN I, A BARANGAY OFFICIAL or JUDGE,
ADVISE THE PETITIONER TO ”WORK IT
OUT” WITH THE RESPONDENT INSTEAD
OF ISSUING THE PROTECTION ORDER?

NO. The application for protection order is not


subject to mediation, settlement, conciliation and
arbitration.

Not covered under Katarungang Pambarangay Law


• A Punong Barangay, Barangay Kagawad or the court hearing
an application for a protection order SHALL NOT order,
direct, force or in any way unduly influence the applicant
for a protection order to compromise or abandon any of
the reliefs sought in the application for protection under
this Act. Sec. 7 of the Family Courts Act of 1997 and Secs.
410, 411, 412 and 413 of the Local Government Code of
1991 shall not apply in proceedings where relief is sought
under this Act. Failure to comply with this Sec. shall render
the official or judge administratively liable. (Sec. 33)
• Assist applications in the preparation of their application (Sec. 8)
• Prioritize hearings on applications for a protection order above all other business and if
necessary, suspend other proceedings in order to hear applications for a protection
order (Sec. 20)
• Respond immediately to a call for help or request for assistance or protection of the
victim by entering the necessary whether or not a protection order has been issued and
ensure the safety of the victim/s;

DUTIES OF
Confiscate any deadly weapon in the possession of the perpetrator or within plain view;
• Transport or escort the victim/s to a safe place of their choice or to a clinic or hospital;

BARANGAY
Assist the victim in removing personal belongs from the house;
• Assist the barangay officials and other government officers and employees who respond
to a call for help;

OFFICIALS • Ensure the enforcement of the Protection Orders issued by the Punong Barangay or the
courts;
• Arrest the suspected perpetrator wiithout a warrant when any of the acts of violence
defined by this Act is occurring, or when he/she has personal knowledge that any act of
abuse has just been committed, and there is imminent danger to the life or limb of the
victim as defined in this Act; and
• Immediately report the call for assessment or assistance of the DSWD, social Welfare
Department of LGUs or accredited non-government organizations (NGOs).
• SECTION 34. Persons Intervening Exempt
from Liability. – In every case of VAWC,
• any person, private individual or police
WHAT authority or barangay official who,
HAPPENS IF I • acting in accordance with law,
INTERVENE OR • responds or intervenes without using
violence or restraint greater than
HELP A necessary to ensure the safety of the
victim,
VICTIM? • shall not be liable for any criminal, civil or
administrative liability resulting therefrom.
SECTION 35. Rights of Victims. –

(a) to be treated with respect and dignity;


(b) to avail of legal assistance form the PAO of the Department of
Justice (DOJ) or any public legal assistance office;
(c) To be entitled to support services form the DSWD and LGUs'
(d) To be entitled to all legal remedies and support as provided for
under the Family Code; and
(e) To be informed of their rights and the services available to them
including their right to apply for a protection order.
End.
Thank you.