By Colleen Barilae – EMTV News, Lae
Lae’s Family and Sexual Violence Unit (FSVU) Officer in Charge, Sergeant Ruth Murup, has revealed that reported cases of family violence have increased in the last two years.
Most of these cases had women and girls being the survivors; some that came to lodge their complaints though were men.
Murup says Lae’s FSVU records up to 40 family violence cases every day.
In 2014, it reported up to 70 cases of family and sexual violence in a month.
This year, that number has ballooned to over 300 cases reported each month.
That’s up to 40 various complainants reporting their cases each day.
The Officer in Charge says the most commonly reported case is domestic violence, which results in assault charges.
Murup says some of the charges placed on perpetrators of various cases are insult, assault, threat, obscene language, threatening gestures or behaviors.
She says in most cases, survivors only seek the FSVU for human rights counseling on their problems but do not intend to pursue their matters further.
This police unit aims to provide legal support services for all survivors of gender based violence but the challenge has been on those in the rural communities where human rights information remains scarce.