Next Month is Mother’s Month, let us Revisit RA 9262 Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004

Posted on April 29, 2011

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“Dont pick a flower if you can’t take care of it”, a line from a local film. This is a metaphor about the amount of care and respect that is due to a woman, and incidentally to her children. In a society like the Philippines where families are so concern about what their neighbors are talking about, very few women are brave enough to speak about their agonies as wives or mothers. May the specific provision below derived from one of my favorite laws, enlighten and hopefully give strength to anyone whose sufferings have long been locked in her home’s closet.

PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE under RA 9262 Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, Rule II Section 5 (c)

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3. Psychological violence refers to acts or omissions causing or likely to cause mental or emotional suffering to the victim such as but not limited to intimidation, harassment, stalking, damage to property, public ridicule or humiliation, repeated verbal abuse, and marital infidelity. It includes causing or allowing the victim to witness the physical, sexual or psychological abuse of a member of the family to which the victim belongs, or to witness pornography in any form or to witness abusive injury to pets or to unlawful or unwanted deprivation of the right to custody and/ or visitation of common children

Violence against women and their children is a public crime. ( RA 9262, Rule III, Section 6).


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