Here’s How You Can Report Gender-Based Violence During ECQ
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 29, 2020 6:39pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
As we are under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the government ordered the citizens to stay indoors until further notice. In this way, we’ll be safe and avoid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as the government continues its initiatives to keep people from going outside, we overlook the fact that gender-based violence cases rise during this lockdown.
Gender-based violence is the physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse directed at an individual because of her biological sex or gender identity. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) pushes its mission to save lives and fight abuse with its Monitoring and Response to Gender-Based Violence this ECQ.
CHR launched an online portal called e-Report sa Gender Ombud, which lends legal assistance and referral services to vulnerable citizens like women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
To use the portal, go to www.gbvcovid.report where you will be greeted by a landing page with a “Keep Safe, Report Abuse!” button. It will direct you to filling out forms about the details of the reporter, victim, nature of abuse, and even details of the perpetrator. This will help the CHR document the incidents. They assure confidentiality and privacy of the details reported by the citizens and organizations if they wish.
The CHR will text or email you at a safe time. To ensure your safety, they will send messages titled “Requesting update on your recent order” to which you will reply “safe” if you are safe to talk about the case.
But if you are already in danger and have no time to spare, you can call the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center at 177/8532-6690 or Aleng Pulis at 0919 777 7377.
So if you know someone who is a victim of violence, or if you yourself are one, you can use this portal or contact the hotline numbers. It’s important to stay safe from the virus, but let’s also focus on the people who are vulnerable and in danger in their own homes.