“I am a survivor myself...I made a commitment that I would do something to ensure that other women don't go through the same suffering that I went through.”
— Veronica, Director, Family for Change
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. And while this scourge of violence hurts women first and foremost, it hurts the whole community.
Women’s rights are at the very heart of Oxfam’s work. But for all our progress towards equality, gender-based violence remains one of the most common human rights abuses worldwide.
Veronica is the Founder and Director of Family for Change, our hardworking partner organisation in PNG. She has worked with Oxfam for a long time to end family violence in her home country — but there’s still so much work to do.
Around the world, oxfam is working with organisations like Family for Change, 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.
Grace, Matron, Lifeline Port Moresby
“I do this work because
I was once a survivor too.”
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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