Femili PNG is an NGO registered in PNG in August 2013. It’s first project was to establish a Case Management Centre (CMC) in Lae. After successfully operating for four years, we have recently expanded to Port Moresby to provide case management services as part of the Bel Isi Initiative.
The CMCs in Lae and Port Moresby aim to address a major gap in support for victims of family and sexual violence (FSV). They have three critical roles: individual case-work; cross-sectoral coordination, lobbying, training and resourcing; and operations-based evaluation and advocacy.
Worldwide, it is recognized that effective management of FSV requires a criminal justice response, as well as a range of support services. At the service delivery level, linkages between the police, courts, hospitals, women’s refuges, health and domestic and FSV support services are required to ensure the effective delivery of a full spectrum of services. Co-ordination across multiple sectors and organisations plays a central role in effective service provision in FSV services.
Recent PNG-wide analysis indicates that while improvements have been made in providing medical and psycho-social care to victims, and advocacy efforts have intensified, there is a gap in relation to case management. While there are various efforts underway, there is a lack of proper resourcing, coordination and documentation at the required scale. The CMCs build on existing knowledge within PNG, regionally and internationally to develop a replicable, evidence-based best-practice model for effective FSV case management in PNG.
Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Femili PNG is committed to the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through our work supporting survivors of FSV.
Femili PNG’s work is informed by the goal of gender equality. FSV and intimate partner violence disproportionately affects women, particularly in PNG where 50% of Papua New Guinean women have been raped in their own homes and 68% of women have been subjected to physical violence. Femili PNG is committed to gender equality, both in PNG and globally.
The sustainability of the communities that Femili PNG operates in are a focus of our day-to-day work and long-term planning, as is the sustainability of our operations. Femili PNG also actively seeks to minimise our environmental impact where possible.
Femili PNG actively works to support and strengthen the institutions that we work with, including the local police, judicial system and NGOs. The longevity and capability of these institutions is in both the interest of Femili PNG and our clients, but also the broader community that we operate in. Support can be providing resources where they are not available, developing partnerships for effective communication, or advising on long-term policy.
Partnerships with government, NGOs, and business is what sustains the work that we do. Our case management is most effective when we develop partnerships with police agencies for information and communication, nonprofit-led safe houses for our clients, and businesses for referring employees that may be experiencing FSV. Partnerships are at the core of our services.
For more information about our funding partners, see our Supporters page here.