“...they really need that love...they have not been treated like how I treat them, or how the staff here treat them. So they really need that protection. That love, that care.”
— Grace, Matron, Lifeline Port Moresby
One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence, usually at the hands of an intimate partner. That’s one third of all women, worldwide. In PNG, two in three women have been raped or assaulted. These statistics are not just statistics; they are people — like you and me.
Grace is Matron of the refuge home run by Oxfam partner Lifeline Port Moresby. She also works as a Lifeline counsellor. She too is a survivor of family violence. Her ex-husband abused her for three years before she went to the police and pressed charges.
“[I] have love for people, so I help people, I protect, I take care of them. I went through it and experienced it, so I know,” Grace says.
Around the world, oxfam is working with organisations like Lifeline Port Moresby, giving survivors urgent support such as emergency shelter, as well as investing in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence.
help provide women and children escaping violence with food, water and emergency shelter in a safe house.
help provide counselling, referral and legal support services for survivors of sexual assault in Papua New Guinea.
help deliver programs to men and boys in Papua New Guinea, designed to reduce violence and create a safer environment for women and children.
Jasmin*, family violence survivor
“I wanted to kill myself but then I thought of the children.”
*Name changed to protect identity.
Veronica, Director, Family for Change
“Inap nau violence, inap nau abuse in the home, enough of this.”
Eriko, support service director
“My whole idea is to protect life. I don’t want women to be killed.”
In Australia, multiple organisations are offering confidential and 24-hour support regarding sexual abuse and family violence. If you or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of these services.
All photos: Patrick Moran / OxfamAUS
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