Domestic Violence Against Women In The Philippines

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According to the study of Domestic violence against women and girls, Violence against women and girls continues to be a global epidemic that kills, tortures, and maims – physically, psychologically, sexually and economically (Khan,Mehr, 2000) . The World Health Organization has Estimated that one in every five women have at some time faced some form of violence in their lifetime (WHO, 2005). Infact, according to the Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against women, up to one half of the women suffered physical injuries due to domestic violence, and almost 20% have never reported these abuses to anyone or to any agency (Garcia-Moreno C, Jansen HA, Ellsberg M, et al. 2006). The United Nations Organization has emphasized…show more content…
found out that since 1995, violence against women (VAW) has captured the attention of the government and legislators in the Philippines, propelled by the demand of a growing women’s human rights movement and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, its Optional Protocol as well as other international conventions. In Criminal law: Before special laws addressing VAW were passed, women could only resort to the Revised Penal Code for offenses committed against them by their husbands such as physical injuries or attempted or frustrated parricide. If committed by their intimate partners, they could be charged for physical injuries, attempted or frustrated homicide, or rape. Other forms of violence, e.g., verbal, emotional, psychological, or economic abuse (such as deprivation of support) were not punishable under the Revised Penal Code or any special law before the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004 were passed. In Civil Law: Before the Family Code of the Philippines (August 1988), there were provisions in New Civil Code that treated the wife as a subordinate subject of the husband. Battered women have no easy recourse because there is no divorce law in the Philippines (The Philippines is the only country in Asia that has no divorce law, and the only other country aside from Malta that has no divorce law all over the world.) UN Conventions, are the basis for the special laws

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