WIVES who will insist on getting their husband’s salaries and ATM cards can be held liable for economic abuse.
The provision is included in House Bill 4888 or the Anti-Violence Against Partner and their Children Act filed by Rizal Representative Fidel Nograles.
The measure aims to expand the Violence Against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004 by including the husband’s protection and LGBTQIA plus.
Under the bill, wives could no longer force their husband to surrender all their salaries.
One provision of the measure clearly states that one of criteria for economic abuse is “controlling the victim’s own money or properties or solely controlling the conjugal or common money or properties.”
Another criteria for economic abuse under Nograles’ measure is deprivation of financial resources and the right to the use and enjoyment of the conjugal, community or property owned in common.”
“Yung pagkuha ng ATM card kung nasaan ang suweldo, hindi na nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mister na mag-decide sa gastusin,” he added.
Nograles said the measure’s primary purpose is “to weed out violence and abuse in relationships regardless of gender.”
“We must recognize that there are also male partners who are victims of abuse, yet are unable to report such incidents because of prejudice,” he added.
Members of the LBGTQ+ community are also beneficiaries of the proposal.