Joint Solidarity Statement on GBV during COVID-19

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Departmentof Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG),Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),Commission  on  Human  Rights  (CHR),  and the Commission  on  Population  and Development (POPCOM) strongly condemn all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 crisis.

According to the 2017 National Demographic and Health Survey, 3 out of 20 women and girls aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence, while 1 out of 20 have experienced sexual violence.  Based  on  the  same  report,  spousal  violence  has  happened  to 1  out  of  4  married Filipina.   Furthermore, while   prevalence   of   violence   against   the   LGBTQ+   remains undocumented,  numerous  anecdotal  reports  demonstrate  the  gravity  of  the  issue.  We  are aware  that  the  implementation  of  the  Enhanced  Community  Quarantine,aimed  to  reduce transmission of COVID-19,may increase the frequency and severity of violence against these vulnerable populations.

As  we  call  for  strict  compliance  to  the  Enhanced  Community  Quarantine,  we  also  urge everyone  to  be  vigilant  and  immediately  report  any  form  of  abuse  in  your  homes  and communities. We enjoin all GBV response units, Barangay VAW desks, PNP Women’s and LGBTQ+  help  desks,  and  Women  and  Child  Protection  Units, to  respond  quickly  and effectively  to  all  reports  of  GBV,  using  a  survivor-centered  approach.  We  call  upon  Local Government  Units  to  maintain  functional  GBV  referral  mechanisms  for  efficient  response.Most importantly, we urge victims to step forward and seek help.

In the spirit of bayanihan, let us fight gender-based violence. Let us do our part in protecting the lives of every Filipino!

#NoToViolenceStopTheAbuse #SafeAtHome #JuanaSaPanahonNgCorona

For reports and any assistance, please refer to the following:

PNP Hotline: 177
Aleng Pulis Hotline: 0919 777 7377
PNP Women and Children Protection Center
24/7 AVAWCD Office: (02) 8532-6690
Email address: / /

Public Attorney’s Office(PAO)
Hotline: (02) 8929-9436 local 106, 107, or 159 (local “0” for operator)
(+62) 9393233665
Email address:

Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their
Mobile numbers: 09178671907 | 09178748961
Email address: