Mary Grace M. Ignacio
Violence against women is still a pervasive problem worldwide. Addressing it requires understanding the problem and the reason why there are cases not reported to proper authorities. The study then looked into the modes of violence committed, frequency of violence in Tabuk City, and the factors that may have contributed to non-reporting of violence among women. Using questionnaire and interview guide, the researcher found that physical and psychological violence are the most common mode of violence experienced by women in the urban barangays of Tabuk City. Also, the researcher found out that there is significant relationship between the frequency of committed violence in a certain barangay and its respective population through the use of Pearson’s Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient. Barangay officials, victim-survivors and women-residents are also aware on the laws relative to the protection of women against violence and on the services provided to victim-survivors of violence. There is no significant difference on the level of awareness on the laws relative to the protection of women against violence and on the services provided to victim-survivors of violence among the three groups. The hope of the victim that “the case will be settled in the family and need not to be publicize” as well as her “fear that her children will emotionally and/or physically suffer” are among the top factors why cases on violence were not reported to authority.
Keywords: Violence against women, victim-survivor, protection,interview guide Tabuk City