VAWC cases in Davao City rise

The number of reported Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) cases in Davao City has increased in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to Lorna Mandin, head of the City Mayor's Office-Integrated Gender and Development Division (CMO-IGDD). Mandin revealed that the cases have risen to approximately 2,000, attributing the previous reduction during the pandemic to limited access and fear of going out. Most cases are from Talomo District, with victims aged 18 to 35 and 36 to 64. The increase in reported cases can be linked to more people reporting incidents compared to 2020 and 2021 when fear of Covid-19 deterred reporting. The IGDD handles cases falling under Republic Act 9262, involving perpetrators with an intimate relationship, not necessarily married. About 20 to 25 percent of these cases opt for psychological intervention. From January to December 2022, CMO-IGDD served approximately 1,206 clients, with 1,191 being women and 15 children. The department provides legal assistance, representation, and follow-up on cases, especially for those in remote areas. The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region (DWSD-Davao

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