Child Abuse Laws in Philippines
Child and spouse abuse cases are forms of domestic violence that happen in most families. Child and spouse abuse has no limitation as it happens to both the poor and the rich as well as different religions and races.
Children may be abused by their guardians or other children while and that of spouse is where a spouse abuses their mate. There are various forms of child abuse spousal abuse cases that happen domestically and according to law these are some of the abuse that may occur;
(a) Physical Abuse – Its legally defined as hitting, shaking, poisoning, throwing, burning, suffocation and drowning or intentionally inducing a illness that may cause physical harm to a child or a spouse.
(b) Emotional Abuse – Law defines this as persistent emotional maltreatment of a person that could cause severe effects on emotional development of a child or spouse.
(c) Sexual Abuse – Sexual abuse involves among other things forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities. It goes as far as to involve physical contact and non-penetrative acts and involving children in watching sexual activities and images.
(d) Neglect – This is failure to persistently meet a child’s physical and philological need. This this type of abuse can start from as early as during the pregnancy.
An attorney that is a specialist child abuse spousal abuse cases will help a victim stop instances of domestic abuse. The attorney will file a criminal complain against the person that is causing the abuse and applies for a court order to protect the victim. The court can order that;
(i) the abuser leaves the spouse or child.
(ii) establish a temporary custody for the victim and restrict the abuser from interfering with the victim
(iii) the abuser not to commit further acts of violence.
(iv) that the abuser should not contact the victim in any form nor harass them.