The fight against sexual violence continues in Quezon City, with the recent opening of Bahay Kanlungan, the first shelter run by a local government for abused women, children and LGBTs.
Due to the pandemic, Mayor Joy Belmonte initiated the building of this temporary center in a government-owned space to admit victims who need to be immediately removed from their homes.
Janet Oviedo, QC women’s unit head, said, “We have a social worker, admin and house parents in place, but we are still waiting for the completion of the dirty kitchen and washing area.”
The local government also has the eight-year-old Quezon City Protection Center, a one-stop shop that provides immediate interventions—medicolegal assistance, legal, police and psychological support—for victims of violence and sexual abuse.
What is avoided is subjecting the victims to the ordeal of having to repeat their experience to those providing immediate intervention.