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‘Di kailangang magtiis! Joy Belmonte: Abused women can seek refuge in Bahay Kanlungan

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged abused women, children and LGBTs to seek help at the Bahay Kanlungan, the government-run shelter for victims of gender-based violence and abuse.

Belmonte said the recently opened Bahay Kanlungan is a safe space for abused women, children and LGBTs who feel threatened at their own households.

“Mahalaga ang papel na gagampanan ng ganitong klaseng shelter lalo ngayong may pandemya. Batay sa datos, 25 hanggang 35 porsiyento ang itinaas ng domestic violence sa panahon ng pandemya dahil nasa iisang bahay lang ang biktima at mga gumagawa ng karahasan, na kadalasan ay partner o di kaya’y asawa o kapamilya,” she said.

The shelter has 60 beds dedicated for women, children, and LGBTs. There is an activity area, reading hub, and playing room for kids. The center will also have wifi and a learning area for children who need to attend online classes and a livelihood training center for women and LGBTs.

In addition to Bahay Kanlungan, the local government has further strengthened its QC Helpline 122 capabilities, with its operators now trained to handle and process concerns of victims of violence against women and children.

“Iisa lang naman ang gusto natin. Ang maipadama sa mga biktima ng karahasan ang isang tahanang ligtas, nag-aalaga, at nagmamahal sa kanila,” Belmonte said.