CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown

Jodesz Gavilan
CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown
'If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us,' says the Commission on Human Rights

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) launched on Monday, April 27, an online system where people can report incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) occuring while the Philippines is on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us,” the CHR said. “We are here to help you out, we encourage victim-survivors to reach out and seek help.”

The portal, e-Report sa Gender Ombud, can be accessed by going to the gbvcovid.report website. 

Once users click “Keep safe, report abuse” button, they will then be prompted to answer several questions about the incident. 

The commission, however, urged the public to report immediately to the Philippine National Police’s Women and Children Protection Center if they are already in immediate danger. 

“The CHR commits to respond to these cases through our referral network, to ensure observance of safety protocols, and to make visible that during quarantine, not all who stay at home are safe,” it said.

Concerns are rising over how women and children in abusive homes are coping as the government imposes strict quarantine measures. (READ: Fears of domestic violence rise as millions confined over virus)

The CHR urged civil society organizations and advocates to use the portal to document cases of abuse.

“Continue to be vigilant and alert to all forms of GBVs, especially violence against women and children, during the enhanced community quarantine,” the commission said.

Metro Manila and several high-risk areas in Luzon remain under enhanced community quarantine until May 15. Moderate-risk and low-risk areas, meanwhile, are following general community quarantine guidelines. – Rappler.com 

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Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.