The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) reported a 66.67% increase in violence against women and children (VAWC) cases and a 21.54% increase in rape cases.
QCPD Director BGen. Antonio Yarra reported an increase in VAWC and rape cases in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period last year.
He also noted that the pandemic played a significant role in the upward trend, as most families are at home.
This was compounded by the financial difficulties experienced by many families, resulting in domestic conflict.
Most of the recorded cases were of physical abuse, with psychological abuse a distant second.
“We have launched a campaign to make women aware of their rights and make them advocates so they will be encouraged to report abuses,” he said.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte expressed concern on the issue and rallied victims or their relatives and friends to report such abuses through the QC Protection Center Hotline 122, or to the barangay and QCPD women’s desk.
She also directed concerned local authorities to closely monitor and act swiftly on calls and reports pertaining to VAWC and other gender-based incidents.
“We cannot let any QCitizen suffer from gender-based violence in Quezon City especially during the pandemic,” she said.
Belmonte reported that the Quezon City government together with the QCPD are set to launch a unified information management system to facilitate the monitoring and hasten the investigation of VAWC cases. –AAC