A new bill has been filed to help provide protection to husbands and members of the LGBT community from abusive relationships.
House Bill 04888 by Rizal 2nd District Rep. Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles seeks to amend the "Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004" into the "Anti-Violence Against Partners and their Children Act or Anti-VAPC Law" so that it protects a "spouse, former spouse, partner, former partner, or any other person" or any other person anyone is dating or sexually involved with, from various forms of abuse.
A partner is considered as someone one has an intimate relationship with, whether "heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex, cisgender, or transgender."
Kinds of abuse proposed to be covered under the amendment include physical abuse, sexual violence, psychological abuse, and economic abuse.
In an interview with radio news station DZMM, Nograles talked about the importance of expanding the coverage of the existing Act.
"Hindi lamang abused husbands, kundi pati mga abused members ng LGBT, kailangan mabigyan na rin ng proteksyon sa ilalim ng Violence Against Partners and their Children Act po na ating panukala," Rep. Nograles noted.
Rep. Nograles also noted how electronic abuse includes cyber-bullying, online forms of violence, making of fake accounts on social media and destroying other people's reputation. An example of economic abuse, on the other hand, is the confiscation of a partner's ATM card so that he or she becomes financially dependent on the other.