Friday, November 03, 2006

Hit Me

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"


Beatls8 said...

It's interesting to hear specific international statistics. I'm the Prevention and Education Coordinator for our local domestic violence agency. One in every 3 women here in the U.S. will experience some type of domestic violence in their lifetime and an incident occurs every nine seconds.

Thanks for addressing the issue in your post. What prompted it, might I ask?


MrDJ said...

Hi Jodi,

I got this article from an internet friend from Australia. he wrote a very interesting article (post university studies on International Health) entitled "Gender, Filipino men, and domestic violence"

Here's the conclusion of his article:

Men are largely responsible for violence against women, children, and men. This issue has not been extensively addressed from the perspective of men’s gender in the Philippines. The country’s principal response to men’s DV, has developed from the significant efforts of women’s groups in pressuring for the criminalisation of acts of DV, in addition to a simplistic and dichotomous (victim/perpetrator) socio-political ideology, which is played out in the criminal justice system, rather than a more favourable public health response. Men’s behaviours do not occur in isolation to the surrounding ecology, which affects their likelihood and experiences of DV, and their willingness to participate in prevention and treatment programs. Although changes to traditional gender roles have occurred since the 1970s, research indicates that the dominant (hegemonic) model of masculinity plays a significant part in the lives of Filipino men and their families. Men do not respond well to interventions which are at odds with their masculinities, particularly, they are not open to change if it entails ‘losing face’ within their family and community settings. This highlights the need to identify models of masculinity embedded local contexts and integrate them into programs which present men with alternatives if necessary, while reaffirming attitudes and beliefs which are linked to non-violence.

MrDJ said...

Big thanks to Nula Dee for sharing his college paper!