ENHANCING THE NATIONAL FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM:
An Evaluation Research
This study evaluated the family violence prevention program covering the period 2003-2015. Participated in by a total of 188 respondents from eight regions, i.e., Regions III, IV-B, V, VIII, X, XI, CAR and NCR, these included 12 regional core trainers, 16 local police force representatives, 64 community volunteers, 48 peer counselors, and 48 family victims.
Through the use of four researcher-made instruments, the results of the study revealed a sizeable number of family violence cases reported to the local police during the period, the frequency of their occurrence, the females as the usual victims, and the male spouses as the most identified perpetrators. The program was found to have trained more than 39 thousand service providers, including the families who were originally served by the program and subsequently became its advocates.
Community-based structures were organized at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. These structures are functionally available to service the family violence victims, who thereafter, reported their knowledge about relevant laws and the skills they have acquired from their experiences, enabling them to be more prepared to address, if not prevent, the occurrence of family violence. Some problems were likewise reported.
Based on the results, the study formulated policies to continuously deal with the family violence issue and further promote its prevention.