The Home For Women in Zamboanga City is a temporary home care for women that provides direct interventions to women victims of human trafficking, victims of illegal recruitment and other women cases of abuse and exploitation whose age range from 18-59 years old, who need protective services as well as other services.

Among the integrated/ holistic services are: individual and group counseling, medical and legal assistance, self- awareness sessions that will build women victim-survivors’ self-esteem, stress reduction, livelihood opportunities, spiritual enrichment and other activities along socio-cultural activities.

House parents and other professionals provide a nurturing environment of trust, respect, self-esteem are fostered. It provides a 24/7 services.


A residential facility with a wholesome environment where women who are  victims of  violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and other women in crisis  are sheltered, cared, protected and well developed for a productive life and become participative members of the society.


To provide protection, care and character-building and develop their economic sufficiency as a productive and contributing members of the society.


  •            Respect For Human Dignity
  •           Integrity
  •           Service Excellence
  •           Commitment
  •           Empowerment


To enable women in especially difficult circumstances to resolve their problems and restore their normal social functioning and thus regain their self-worth and dignity through the provision of protective, developmental and rehabilitative services.

Specific Objectives:

  1)   To provide psycho-social counseling, temporary shelter and other support services to women victims of abuse and exploitation.

2)   To provide services for the protection, healing and recovery of women in especially difficult circumstances for their eventual reintegration into their families/ communities.

3)   To coordinate and network with Local Government Units (LGUs), GOs and NGOs in facilitating other services such as legal, medical and other needs.


Women victim-survivors who are considered for residential care and other therapeutic services especially those who are under threat or exhibiting negative social functioning, and those who have no significant person that can provide the necessary protection and emotional support. The age requirement to be eligible for assistance is from 18-59 years old.


1)  Victims of Violence:

  • Ø Women who are physically, psychologically, emotionally, sexually or economically abused or threatened including threats or acts. Children of women-victims, may also be admitted to the center on a case to case basis.

2) Victims of Sexual Abuse:

  • Ø Incest – Sexual abuse committed against a women by someone who is related to her within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity.
  • Ø Rape – Sexual abuse committed to a woman. (refer to new definition of RA 8508)

3) Victims of Exploitation:

A) Victims of Trafficking in Persons – Women who were recruited, transported or transferred with or without consent or knowledge, within or across national borders, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, fraud, deception, abduction, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person or the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve their consent with the intention of gaining control over her for the purpose of exploitation such as prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation example: pornography, forced labor, slavery, recruited or the removal or sale of organs.

B) Victims of Prostitution – Refer to women who were recruited, for various forms of employment such as receptionists, waitresses, entertainers, dancers, household help who are later forced into prostitution.

C) Victims of Pornography – Any representation, by whatever means of engaging women in real or simulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of the women the dominant characteristics of which is depiction for sexual purpose.

D) Victims of Acts of Lasciviousness – Sexual abuse committed by someone whether of the same or opposite sex to an individual by intentionally touching, either directly or through the clothes, genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks; masturbation, lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a person, with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.

E) Victims of Sexual Harassment – Sexual abuse committed to a woman who experiences any unwanted or uninvited sexual attention that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in the school or workplace.

F) Victims of Illegal Recruitment – Women who were recruited usually for a fee, with the promise of various forms of local or foreign employment but ended up being victimized example no job placements or who were actually given jobs but under exploitative/oppressive conditions (low salaries, long work hours etc:).

g) Other Women In Crisis – Those needing immediate professional help and protection from further exposure to high risk situations and abuse.

The HOME FOR WOMEN operates in Region IX, specifically located in Talungon, San Roque, Zamboanga City. LGU- Zamboanga city is the registered owner of the parcel of land and the building used by DSWD- Home For Women at present. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into by and between the city of Zamboanga, represented by Hon. Celso L. Lobregat in his capacity as City Mayor, and Department of Social Welfare and Development, Field Office IX, represented by OIC/ Director Zenaida L. Arevalo, in her capacity as OIC/Regional Director of DSWD, Field Office, relative to the use of said properties as Home For Women.This MOA was approved for the period of fifteen (15) years effective December 18 to December 17, 2027 renewable for another term upon mutual consent of the parties.

Contact Person:
Crispina Satorre
SWO III, Center Head

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