Two of our dedicated Papua New Guinean staff shared their stories about their work supporting survivors of family and sexual violence at the Lae Case Management Centre, and what motivates them.

Denga’s story

I’m working for Femili PNG as a case worker. My main role is managing cases of survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and child abuse who have been referred to CMC by a partner service provider. I work in collaboration with the available service providers, which includes other NGOs and government agencies (such as the police, district court, safe houses, business sector, welfare and family support centre). Together we support clients in accessing the available services they need. As part of case management, I also do family tracing and relocation and reintegration of clients back into their families, for those who decide to end the violence in their lives through a legal separation.

Organisations like Femili PNG are very critical and essential to providing holistic care to survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and child abuse. Femili PNG support for a survivor starts when they enter a service referral pathway until they receive the care they need.

I face a lot of challenges in managing cases. That includes clients changing their minds about having their husband charged, sometimes because they blame themselves for the abuse. Sometimes there are delays from other services in responding to cases.

However, CMC has had a lot of triumphs and it is has been very satisfying and rewarding for me personally. Some of these include: having survivors access all the services they need, supporting survivors to end violence in their lives by relocating and reintegrating them to where they are safer, collaborating with the service providers in building a stronger network, and so on. But the most rewarding thing for me is to see a smile on the face of a woman or child, who after going through a lot of abuse, can find comfort and have the feeling of being supported.  This motivates me to reach out to help more survivors.

The funding we receive is very helpful. Every client supported by CMC extends their heartfelt thank you. Many times this is said with tears in their eyes, and this shows how much the survivors appreciate the services made possible through the funds received. This money directly benefits a lot of lives and will continue to reach out to more souls who have experienced much suffering.

Pauline’s story

I have been working with Femili PNG for the past six months now. My main role as a Support Worker is to help the Case Workers on follow-up if they are not available or are attending to a new client. I also purchase clients’ food, clothing, toiletries and business start-up kit items when a client is due for reintegration.

Working for Femili PNG for the last six months, I have seen a lot of challenges, such as the limited number of safe houses to cater to women and children who need safe accommodation.

Being one of many survivors of violence made me very interested in working for Femili PNG. The organisation has helped me a lot to overcome the effect of the violence that I myself experienced. Though I sometimes feel traumatized seeing mothers who were badly physically assaulted in my daily work, I now understand and comprehend that women, children and other vulnerable groups in this country actually have the right to live in a happy family and a safe community.

From what I have seen in my work, I can say that Femili PNG meets one of the biggest needs in PNG. For the last six months, I have been working closely with the case workers, witnessing how badly women can be beaten by their husband or partners, and seeing and hearing stories from little girls who are survivors of sexual abuse at a very young age. I believe that Femili PNG helps a lot of the survivors to acquire justice, and supports the survivors if they would like to pursue legal recourse. Working in a short time with the organization has taught me a lot, now I know where to go and what to do when facing this type of violence. Also, I can guide my neighbours and friends if they are experiencing these types of violence and I can advise them on how to access services.

Personally, being a survivor of violence myself and given the current work that I’m doing, I would like to encourage everyone who is experiencing violence that there is help available. Come out and share your stories, your friends or neighbours may be able to help you in one way or another. The more we keep this matter to ourselves, we will never find a way to solve it.

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Two of our dedicated Papua New Guinean staff shared their stories about their work supporting survivors of family and sexual violence at the Lae Case Management Centre, and what motivates them. Denga’s story I’m working for Femili PNG as a case worker. My main role is managing cases of survivors of...