The decline in the country’s economy has influenced the increasing number of family breakdown in the country.
Coordinator for Social Welfare in Lae, Emily Boski told EM TV News today that the office attends to more than 60 new complaints weekly.
“Its increasing,” she said.
This social issue is affecting many young people.
The Provincial Welfare Office in Morobe attends to more than 15 complaints daily.
In the past years, women would visit the office often, but today, men are also seeking assistance from the office under the Lukautim Pikinini Act.
The innocent children then become the main victims affected by the economic stress of both mother and father.
The General Manager for City Mission in Lae, Pastor Bob Epperson, said children should be brought up in a safer environment with love and care, rather than distress and discomfort.
“It will take concerted effort to lessen this societal ill,” says the pastor.
The problem of abuse, violence and child protection is an ongoing issue that organisations and government departments are trying to find solutions to lessen the problem.
Boski said women should now look for ways to minimise the economic problems and save marriages by setting up small markets to sustain the family.
She said the Lukautim Pikinini Act has also helped a lot of children I’m broken families.