Stronger protection of women, children against violence sought

July 23, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 114 views

FOLLOWING President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s directive, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has continued assisting victims of domestic and gender-based violence.

In a statement, the DSWD said that solo parents, women and children affected by violence and others need more assistance from the government and this can be done by strengthening the violence against women and children (VAWC) programs.

This was one of the highlights of the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

The DSWD has intensified its programs and services for this vulnerable sector.

“As the marching order of President Marcos, the DSWD commits to strengthen our programs and services for the poor and vulnerable sectors, especially the women and children. We will continue to protect their welfare through the different interventions,” DSWD Secretary Rex Gatchalian said.

“The DSWD is currently retooling its programs and services, including the centers and residential care facilities that have big roles in the reintegration of the victim-survivors,” he added.

As of March 2023, a total of 350 violence against women and children (VAWC) cases were reported and served by the DSWD through its community-based programs and services.

From July to December last year, which covered the first six months of the Marcos administration, a total of 870 victim-survivors of VAWC have been served by the Department.

Through the DSWD’s centers and residential care facilities (CRCFs), victim-survivors of domestic violence, gender-based violence, and their children/dependents are provided with different programs and services.

Some of the interventions are healing and rehabilitation program; group life and home care program; health and nutrition program; and productivity skills training program.

Other services focus on the restoration of the social functioning of VAWC victims, as well as the provision of basic needs, health services, skill training, and vocational counseling.

VAWC cases are managed and assessed by social workers for initial data gathering before being referred to LGUs for intensive case management.

Currently, 13 residential care facilities are operated by the DSWD for the victims-survivors of VAWC and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) nationwide.