Battered Wife and Domestic Violence, Are you at Risk?

by Anna Katharina on May 1, 2011

in Community,Family,Love and Emotions,Nurse Quad,Safety

“Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law or Republic Act 9262 of 2004″

“ RA 9262 penalizes the commission of violence against women their children (VAWC) in the context of domestic violence or violence in intimate relationships. It defines VAWC as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

Furthermore, the Law recognizes “Battered Woman Syndrome” which refers to a scientifically defined pattern of psychological or behavioral symptoms found in women living in battering relationships as a result of cumulative abuse, as an acceptable defense for actions committed by the victim as a result of battering.”

Who is at risk for domestic violence?

Here 2 tools used by doctors and professionals to help determine your risk for domestic violence.
They are the Lethality Checklist and the Physical Abuse Ranking Scale. These two can determine what you should watch out for in a relationship.

Lethality Checklist:
Count the items that apply to your current relationship. The higher the number of items from this list, the greater your danger potential.

  1. Objectifies you (calls you names, body parts, animals): (Tinatawag ka lang ng kung anu-anung pangalan .
  2. Blames you for injuries (Sinisisi ka sa mga pinsalang nangyari sa inyong katawan o kapaligiran)
  3. Is unwilling to turn you lose ( Ayaw kang pakawalan o mawala)
  4. Is obsessed with you ( nahuhumaling siya sa iyo na itituring ka na niyang isang pag aari na parang kalakal)
  5. Is hostile, angry, or furious ( palagi kang sinasalungat, nanlalaban, o galit nagalit)
  6. Appears distraught (Mukhang palaging nababahala o balisa)
  7. Is extremely jealous, blaming you for all types of promiscuous behavior (sobrang magselos, at sinisisi kang madalas sa immoral o mahalay na paguugali)
  8. Has been involved in previous incidents of significant violence (Nasangkot na siya dati sa ibang karahasan)
  9. Has killed pets (nakapatay na ng mga alaganag hayop)

10.  Has made threats (mayroon na siyang ginawang pagbabanta)]
11.  Has made previous suicide attempts (mayroon ng ginawang pagtatangka  magpakamatay sa sarili niyang  buhay)
12.  Is threatening suicide (nagbabantang magpapakamatay)
13.  Has access to guns  (pwedeng makakauha o mayroon baril)
14.  Uses alcohol (umiinom ng alak)
15.  Uses amphetamines, cocaine, or other drugs ( gumagamit ng mga pinagbabawal na gamot)
16.  Has thoughts of hurting you (may saloobin o nag plaplano na sasaktan ka.
17.  Has no desire to stop violent or controlling behavior ( walang pagnanais na huminto o pigilin ang sarili sa marahas na pag uugali
18.  Has a relationship with you that is extremely tense and volatile ( ang relasyon siyo ay maigting o sumpungin)

Physical Abuse Ranking Scale:

The scale depicts increasing risk with increasing number  (’1′ representing low risk and ’9′ highest risk).
Any violent act greater than 5 on this scale indicates a high danger potential.

  1. Throwing things, punching the wall
  2. Pushing, shoving, grabbing, throwing things at you
  3. Slapping with an open hand
  4. Kicking, bitinga
  5. Hitting with closed fists
  6. Attempted strangulation
  7. Beating up, pinning to the wall or floor, repeated kicks and punches
  8. Threatening with a weapon
  9. Assault with a weapon


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