Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children

The Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC) was established by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 9262 to ensure effective implementation of the law and be the lead coordinator and monitoring body on VAWC initiatives. The Council is composed of 12 member agencies: CSC, CHR, DepEd, DOH, DILG, DOJ, DOLE, DSWD, PCW, CWC, PNP and NBI. These agencies are tasked to formulate programs and projects to eliminate VAWC based on their mandates, as well as develop capacity building programs for their employees to become more gender sensitive to the needs of their clients.


  • Promotion of RA 9262 or the Anti-VAWC Act
  • Capacity-building of stakeholders
  • Development of comprehensive programs for VAWC victim-survivors
  • Networking with other stakeholders
  • Monitoring of the implementation of RA 9262
  • Research to include the integrated approach to eliminate VAWC

A Secretariat to the Council is likewise established, which is under the supervision of PCW. The Secretariat has the following functions:

  • Coordinate and monitor, under the direction of the Council, the implementation of the policies and guidelines promulgated by the Council Assist in establishing, maintaining and managing a central database on VAWC, wherever feasible
  • Provide technical, secretariat and records keeping and other services to the Council
  • Perform such other functions as may be directed by the Council

Additionally, the IACVAWC Strategic Action Plan for 2014-2016 identified goals, objectives and strategies under the three Key Result Areas, namely:

  • Primary Prevention – to systematically address social and cultural norms that perpetuate VAWC
  • Response System – to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the various services of IACVAWC member agencies
  • Cross-Cutting Structures and Actions – to improve the performance of IACVAWC as the lead coordinating and monitoring body on VAWC initiatives