violence. I remember one particular case wherein the mother was beaten repeatedly, threatened further bodily harm and shot with an improvised hand gun. She filed for a barangay protection order against her husband only to be kicked out of their home together with her two young children. Her mother-in-law owned the house where they lived.
Nalungkot ako para sa anak niya.
What could have made her stay in a life of despair? What factors could have made her to choose an abuser as a life partner? What could have been done by her family and her community to prevent such tragedy?
There are a number of films and videos on the web depicting the struggle of women suffering physical, emotional and sexual violence in the hands of their intimate partners. One such poignant film is " Night and Fog", which was written by King Wei Chung, produced and directed by Ann Hui which illustrates how a system that aims to prevent the break-up of families could fail to save the lives of people caught up in a life of domestic abuse.
The mother's story in the film represents the stories of many women struggling to leave a life of domestic violence and rebuild their lives once more with their loved ones.
One very helpful video on domestic violence and the learnings of survivors is the Ted talk of Lelie Morgan Steiner , "Why domestic violence victims don't leave." I highly recommend her talk.
1.Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Batasan Pambansa Complex Q.C. (02) 931-8101 to 07
Legarda, Manila (02) 734-8639, 734-8654, 734-6727 to 27
Camp Crame, Q.C, 410-3213
Women's Crisis Center (counseling and advocacy)
Helplines: (632) 926-7744 or 922-5235
Telefax: (632) 925-7133 or 436-5088
3/F ER-Trauma Annex
East Avenue Medical Center
East Avenue, Diliman Quezon City
Women's Desk, PGH
Tel (632) 5548400 loc. 2536
Women's Legal Bureau
Room 505, UP College of Social works and Community Development
UP Diliman, QC
Tel. (02) 9214389
Department of Justice Public Attorney's Office (DOJ PAO)
Tel. (02) 929-9436 loc. 106 and 107
2. Republic Act 9262 Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act