The Supreme Court of the Philippines has recently upheld that marital infidelity is considered a form of psychological violence under the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act (VAWC). In a case involving a husband who had an extramarital affair while his wife was working abroad, the Supreme Court emphasized that "emotional or psychological violence" includes "acts or omissions causing or likely to cause mental or emotional suffering of the victim such as but not limited to intimidation, harassment, stalking, and marital infidelity."
The case, which is G.R. No. 242269, involved a wife who filed for a protection order against her husband after discovering his affair. The husband argued that his infidelity was not a form of violence, and that the protection order was unnecessary because he had no intention of harming his wife or their children. However, the Supreme Court disagreed and affirmed the lower court's decision to grant the protection order.
This decision by the Supreme Court is significant because it acknowledges the harm that infidelity can cause to a spouse and their family. Marital infidelity can lead to emotional distress, loss of trust, and can potentially break apart a family. By recognizing infidelity as a form of psychological violence, the Supreme Court is sending a message that such behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated under the law.
Furthermore, this decision is a reminder that the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act is not limited to physical violence. It also covers emotional or psychological abuse, which can be just as damaging as physical abuse. Victims of such abuse can seek protection under the law and hold their abusers accountable for their actions.
In conclusion, the Supreme Court's decision in G.R. No. 242269 is a significant step forward in protecting the rights of women and children in the Philippines. By recognizing infidelity as a form of psychological violence, the court is sending a strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated and that victims of emotional or psychological abuse have legal recourse to protect themselves and their families.
Marital Infidelity is Violence Against Women and Their Children- G.R. No. 242269 (Landmark Case)
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