Men are responsible for eight out of every 10 cases of violence against women in the Philippines (Lee 2004) and are largely responsible for violence inflicted on children and men. A recent survey indicated 47.2 percent of Filipino women had, in their lifetimes, experienced psychological abuse or physical violence from their intimate partners (Serquina-Ramiro, Madrid, & Amarillo 2004). Twenty-nine percent of women in the survey had experienced violence/abuse inflicted by their current partner in the past year, and of those cases, 31 percent and 68 percent experienced physical and psychological abuse respectively. Existing data indicates that violence against women is a pervasive social problem, with enormous direct and indirect costs to Philippine communities and society (Mallorca-Bernabe 2005). The Philippine Government spends an estimated 6 billion pesos on medical and psychological interventions for violence against women. Government and non-government interventions to reduce DV (domestic violence) have included: advocacy, education and information dissemination; counselling; gender sensitivity training; family dialogues; and shelter, legal, police and medical assistance (Lee 2004).
- Nula Dee, "Gender, Filipino men, and domestic violence"