By Adelaide Kari – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The Australia High Commission and Royal PNG Constabulary opened Gulf’s first Family Sexual Violence (FSV) Unit in Kerema.
The new unit and newly donated vehicle will help address the high number of family sexual violence cases in Kerema and neighbouring districts.
The opening of the FSV unit is the 18th step towards addressing family sexual violence in the country. Rod Hilton, Minister Counsellor for the Australian High Commission to PNG, said at the opening that since the first unit opened in Port Moresby as a pilot project it has helped over 40,000 women and children.
He said that keeping women and children safe was a top priority, and addressing issue of violence should be taken seriously in the communities.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Jim Andrews, also present at the opening, admitted the lack of police investigation and arrests for family sexual violence cases was grim. However, he added that the new FSV unit would make a difference in addressing the high number of reported cases.
Andrews thanked the Australian government for their help in establishing the 18th FSV unit.
Andrew says the new FSV unit building and the 17 other around the country were now a constant reminder of the need for change.