A workshop to strengthen a referral pathway of services for survivors of family and sexual violence was held in Port Moresby last week, funded by the Australian Government.
Spearheaded by the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC), the workshop was widely attended by government agencies including law and justice representatives, non-government and faith-based organisations as well as the private sector.
Developing stronger links between the various organisations and services is expected to improve collaboration and increase efficient delivery of services to those seeking safety, protection, recovery and justice.
“This workshop has brought all partners and stakeholders together to better coordinate a referral pathway to ensure survivors can access high quality services,” said Ms. Ume Wainetti, National Coordinator of the FSVAC.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Andrews said a robust referral pathway with all partners working collaboratively ensures that the best support is provided to those who need it.
“We also need to hold each other accountable because as service providers to our people we all have a responsibility to ensure that our women and children are protected,” Mr. Andrews said.
Counsellor Michael Sloane of the Australian High Commission said: “Such is the enormity of the challenge we face, that broad coalitions such as the one represented here are essential to our ultimate success.”
“PNG and Australia recognise that one of the best ways to promote economic growth and stronger, more prosperous communities is to empower women and girls. There is much good work being done to prevent, reduce and eliminate violence, and we must continue to confront family and sexual violence, for the wellbeing of our families and our communities,” Mr. Sloane said.