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Bugbog sa bahay! QC reopens protection center as domestic violence worsens

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The local government of Quezon City has reopened its protection center for victims of gender-based violence and abuse amid reports of an increased number of domestic violence incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quezon City Protection Center will begin serving walk-in clients starting this week, particularly women, children and members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community who have experienced violence and harassment.

The center, located within the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) compound in Barangay Bahay Toro, was temporarily shut down by the local government due to the pandemic.

However, it continues to perform its mandate by accepting inquiries and complaints through its e-mail (quezoncityprotectioncenter@gmail.com), social media account and through Hotline 122 for immediate action.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said the decision to reopen stemmed from news reports indicating that around 602 people, or an average of eight people a day, across the country were raped from March 17 to May 23.

“We need to provide vulnerable sectors of society an avenue where they can seek assistance against any form of violence and harassment, most especially now that they are frequently at home due to the modified enhanced community quarantine,” she said.