Money remains culprit in family woes

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News -

CEBU CITY – Police said many, if not most, of cases against women were due to financial issues among families in Cebu.

Senior Inspector Marginette Yosores, chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office - Women and Children Protection Center – said women usually report the abuse once it becomes physical. “Kung psychological abuse, like gi-degrade sila, ila pa ng agwantahon (If the abuse is psychological in nature, they are likely to just stay silent.),” she said, adding, they will continue to raise awareness for more women to report domestic abuses.

Arguments over money or the lack of financial resources remains the biggest factor in domestic abuse or violence involving women. And this was likely due to unemployment or underemployment and hunger and poverty and the need to sustain such a big family, especially poor families that have many children.

Psychologist Dr. Anna Katrina Watin said that with most reports, the women do not proceed in filing cases because they are intimidated by their abusers. “Even among educated women, they have difficulty in filing cases and usually back out. Protection for these women should be strengthened,” Watin stressed.

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