I am still looking into more resources, but there are a few organizations with US partners so I thought I would post them & see if you've had any contact with them already:
I'm assuming you haven't filed for a BPO or PPO. If you have, there are additional options. If you haven't, I suggest you hold off on that until you can talk to an expert who might even recommend against it.
Because of your husband's position in law enforcement, I am only listing private agencies here. I am not sure whether you practice any religion. Unfortunately, there are fewer resources for Muslim women but if that is your faith hopefully my friends will be able to still get back to me with some additional resources. It does make it a bit tougher to take your children with you if you are Muslim so please get counseling from someone in the legal field first (ideally someone who is not Muslim but who is very familiar with Islamic law). Women’s Crisis Center Care and Protection Unit of East Avenue Medical Center
This is a non-profit private institution with a firm commitment to end violence against women.It offers a comprehensive range of crisis intervention services for survivors of gender-based violence.
They offer physical facilities like research center/library, temporary shelter for VAW victims, and training centers/ camp facilities. They conduct information campaigns and give training and seminars.
Tel. Nos. 9267744, 9225235Note: I am not sure whether you can bring your children, though, so you will need to ask them. If not, the Philippine General Hospital does offer services to protect children.Women’s Desk of Philippine General Hospital
The UP-PGH Women’s Desk is a crisis center for women survivors of violence located at PGH’s emergency room complex, beside the Child Protection Unit. They offer support services such as counseling and referrals to other departments and agencies. They give paralegal counseling for the survivors as well as for the doctors who will serve as expert witnesses. They also provide medical and psychosocial intervention.
Tel. No. 5242990GABRIELA
Gabriela Women’s Party is a sectoral party dedicated to promoting the rights and welfare of marginalized and under-represented Filipino women . They fight for legislative measures that would strengthen actions with respect to sexual violence. They fight human rights violations against women in all its forms and conducting information and education campaigns to protect women. They also facilitate legal assistance, crisis intervention and just compensation to women who are victims of violence, etc.
Tel. No. 3743451, 3712302World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization that offers counseling for abused women and children.
Tel. Nos. 374-7618 to 28Note: World Vision will help you regardless of your religion. They also often are able to provide additional food and assistance to children and their caretaker. If you speak with them, you might ask if they are able to provide any financial assistance or other aid to you and your children to help you start a new life. Catholic Women’s League Philippines, Inc.
It is a charitable, religious, socio-economic, civic, non-partisan, non-profit organization that offers counseling for abused women and children.
Tel. Nos. 523-2956, 523-3144Note: Catholic Women's League will likely only be able to offer counseling. Their counseling likely will include some references to Christian beliefs.
If you have any evidence of the violence, keep records of that in a safe place (with a friend, in a place where your husband will never look like a plastic bag hidden toward the bottom of a rice jar, or some other place where it cannot accidentally fall out or be discovered). If you have ever been treated for injuries, try to remember the dates and where you were treated.
more in my next post...
Post Edited (Frances_2008) : 8/30/2010 5:41:34 PM (GMT-6)