The following stories provide just a small sample of how Femili PNG’s case management centre (CMC) in Lae supports survivors of family and sexual violence to access justice and to rebuild their lives.
The clients have kindly given permission for their stories to be used. All identifying information has been removed to protect their safety.
Emily* and her children were repatriated to Port Moresby by Femili PNG (working with partner organisations) after family tracing and discussion with her family occurred. Emily’s background involved on-going intimate partner violence and sexual violence from her husband since the start of her marriage. All of her children showed physical signs of malnutrition and one was hospitalised. Femili PNG arranged safe house accommodation for Emily and her children, where they stayed for seven weeks while waiting for the outcome of legal proceedings. Femili PNG supported Emily as she reported her case to the police. Her husband was arrested and charged, and the court ordered his employer to directly pay PGK 400.00 every fortnight into Emily’s bank account. In this case of repatriation, Femili PNG worked closely with the Child Protection Officer of the Welfare Department based in Port Moresby. The Child Protection Officer conducted further family assessment work in Port Moresby prior to the repatriation occurring, collected the Emily and children at Jackson airport, initiated re-integration with the family and purchased goods to assist Emily to start a small business in Port Moresby. Client follow-up and monitoring over the longer term will be handled by the Port Moresby Welfare Department.
Louisa* had been experiencing on-going intimate partner violence from her husband since marriage until she accessed Femili PNG’s services. During the client’s initial assessment and intake, Louisa appeared to be severely beaten and had sustained a lot of wounds. She was supported by the Case Worker in reporting the abuse to the police. The client’s husband was later arrested. Now he is waiting to be charged.
Louisa was provided with a safe accommodation for two weeks until she received all the medical care and treatment that she needed, and while she was being supported through the process of providing her statement to the police. Louisa decided she wanted to move back to her home village. Our Case Worker carried out family tracing and established a network with stakeholders in her home province to provide ongoing support. Louisa relocated there with her two children. She was also provided with a business start-up kit so she could be economically independent and able to support the needs of her children.
Alice*, who was pregnant at the time, was referred to Femili PNG by the Family Support Centre (FSC) at Angau Hospital. During the initial assessment, Alice said that she was constantly experiencing physical and sexual abuse from her husband. She said she had also had several miscarriages as a result of the abuse. At first, she filed for an interim protection order (IPO), but while on an IPO her husband assaulted her again, in breach of the court order.
After this, Alice left her home with her children and asked a Femili PNG Case Worker to support her in filing a case at the District Court against her husband for the breach of the IPO. Because of this, Alice and her children needed to stay in a safe house for their protection. They also needed assistance with their daily needs such as food and clothing while the case was being managed.
While awaiting the outcome of the court case, the Case Worker carried out family tracing and contacted local service providers in the Alice’s home province to assess the possibility of repatriation. After a few discussions over the phone with the client’s father, her family decided receive her back and agreed to take care of the client and her children. In December, Alice was repatriated to her parents’ home. Local service providers such as the village magistrate and police were there to receive the client.
As part of the repatriation support, Alice was referred for a business start-up kit. Once she gives birth to her baby and is strong enough, she will start working on the land, planting and growing potatoes and broccoli that she can sell at the market. This way, Alice will not be burden to her parents and will be able to support the needs of her children.
When she was reunited with her family, Alice thanked the Femili PNG staff and everyone who made it possible for her to access these services. She said we could share her story to help any other women who might read it.
Ruth* was initially seen at the Family Support Centre, with history of ongoing intimate partner violence from her husband. She was then referred to Femili PNG and was assisted to make a statement to police, and referred to the court clerk, who registered her case before the magistrate. Ruth’s case was heard by the court and was successful. A restraining order was issued for two years.
Isa* was initially seen at the Family Support Centre with history of ongoing intimate partner violence from her husband. She was referred to Femili PNG, to help assist her to seek an interim protection order from the courts. Isa is illiterate, and couldn’t write a statement. The case worker helped her to write her statement and assisted with a referral note to the court clerk, who registered Isa’s case before a magistrate. Her case was deferred many times due to conferences and magistrates being sick, however Isa persevered. Eventually the case was heard. Isa’s husband did not turn up so a warrant of arrest was issued by the magistrate and taken to the Family and Sexual Violence Unit at the Police by Isa. Her husband was called in and was arrested. He was held in police custody, but was then bailed out for K300.00. They appeared again in court, which found in Isa’s favour. A two year restraining order was issued.
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