Amidst the global lockdown, the virus is not our only enemy.
With most of the world population trapped within the four walls of their houses, many authorities from around the world have reported an increase in domestic violence against women and children.
Women and children who live in the same house as their abusers have become more prone to domestic abuse. They have no escape from their abusers.
If you are or you know someone who is experiencing abuse at home, you can reach out for help through these Violence Against Women (VAW) Hotlines. The list provided below contains contact details for legal assistance, police/investigation assistance, medical assistance, and psychosocial assistance.
Public Attorney’s Office (PAO)
02) 8929-9436 local 106, 107 or 159 (Local “0” for operator)
Mobile: (+63) 939-3233665
PNP Hotline: 177
Aleng Pulis Hotline: (+63) 919 777 7377
NBI-Violence Against Women and Children Desk (VAWCD)
Hotline: (02) 8525-6028
Women and Children Protection Units
National Center for Mental Health (NCMH)
Crisis hotline: (02) 8989-8727 / 09178998727
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813
Trunk line: (02) 8931-8101 to 07
DSWD –NCR Ugnayan Pag-asa Crisis Intervention Center
Hotlines: (02) 8734-8639 / (02) 8734-8654 / (02) 8734-8626 to 27
DSWD Community-Based Services Section (CBSS)
Hotline: (02) 8733-0010 to 18 loc. 116
e-Report sa Gender Ombud
Also, on Monday, April 27, the Philippine Commission on Human Rights launched an online system the public can use to report domestic violence. You can access the website by going to https://www.gbvcovid.report/. Once you’ve clicked the ‘Keep Safe, Report Abuse!’ button, you will be asked to fill up a form with your details.
However, if you are in immediate danger, you are urged to contact the PNP Hotlines we’ve presented above.