A database compiling cases of violence against women has just been completed by the Legal Alternatives for Women (LAW Center, Inc.), an organization dealing with distressed women in the province of Cebu. It was held at the conference hall of the Legislative building.
The officers and members of LAW Center, Inc. headed by their executive director Lolit Aliño,attended the launching with some personalities from the judiciary, non-government organizations, representative from the PNP and other personnel from the LGU’s.
Frances Finch, an Australian Volunteer and Information Management Officer who worked on the database project, said it collated some 3,000 cases of violence against women in the city and province of Cebu since 1998 until the present. Finch said 365 cases have been filed in court with 182 of them resolved. Three cases were dismissed and 129 have no action taken for more than two years already.To keep the confidentiality of the persons involved, the database can only be accessed by selected members.
Vice-Gov. Agnes Magpale who also attended the event, said that the victims of today already have the courage to inform the concerned party about their unfortunate experiences. In the past, victims of such incidents hesitated to report the matter to the proper authorities for appropriate actions.
Interested parties who may need statistical data about the cases filed in court can send or file a request to LAW Center Inc. According to Finch, the Australian volunteer, a German Catholic church funded the project. Their lawyers only received honorariums while others just offered their services for free. (Ramon Gallardo)