Nearly 14,000 cases of violence against women and children have been recorded amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Commission on Women said.
PCW Deputy Executive Director for Operations Kristine Balmes said there were 13,923 cases reported from March 15 to November 13. Of the number, some 9,100 were violence against women while about 4,700 were violence against children.
Central Visayas had the highest number of cases of violence against women and their children, or gender-based violence, twice the number of cases in the National Capital Region.
The commission added, “The PCW data show that there has been an increase in the number of inquiries received from March to October (ranging from 25 to 43 per month), compared to those received from January to March of this year (ranging from 8 to 12).”
According to Balmes, complaints of rape, especially involving minors, have also increased.