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  1. Peter Kanaparo
    Peter Kanaparo July 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Among the political upheavals, domestic violence, sorcery and witchcraft-related killings, corruption and other societal ills are a concern constraining the development of the country. Domestic violence and abuse within the context of marriage and the family is a growing and recognised problem for women whether in the home or elsewhere, physical or psychological violence against women is something that can happen to any woman, regardless of her age, ethnicity or wealth. Violence against women is a serious, widespread problem in PNG and is a significant human rights issue. Children who are violent or engage in abusive behaviours are not simply suffering from teenage trouble or worry. Handling the situation can be difficult, especially when many risk factors can aggravate their behaviours. Conducting research in this area will provide new knowledge and educational approaches to the importance of what Atkinson (2002) termed as ‘educaring’ and ‘healing processes to help psychologically traumatised mothers and children.

  2. Ashlee Betteridge
    Ashlee Betteridge July 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I think I’m not alone in saying that some of the recent presentations at various Devpolicy events by Ume Wainetti, Cathy Rimbau and Kamalini Lokuge about FSV in Lae have been very moving. FSV in PNG is a horrifying problem of such a huge scale, but when you hear about the determination of those working in the field on this issue there seems to be real hope for change. The CMC seems like such a practical approach to improve support for survivors and to build on the pre-existing resources and services in the community. I look forward to following its progress.

    1. Peter Kanaparo
      Peter Kanaparo July 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      What is, however, required at the national level, and also at the regional level is the implementation of Laws and Bills passed on the floor of Parliament and other reforms in the existing policy making institutions and regulations to support the commitment towards, not only national and regional integration, but most importantly enhancing and empowering affected women and children from family/domestic violence and sexual abuse in PNG.

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