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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 396. Updated Tuesday, 11 February 2014

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Funds support PNG anti-violence effort

Australia will contribute support to Papua New Guinea in its efforts to combat family and sexual violence in its second largest city, Lae.
 It will fund a Family and Sexual Violence Case Management Centre in Lae, with a team of individual case workers to ensure women and children receive medical support as well as the immediate shelter, legal support and other services.
 The team will train other service providers and advocate for more effective services.

Second city targeted
 The Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments will also co-fund the redevelopment of the Lae Angau Memorial Hospital, which houses a Family Support Centre to meet the immediate health needs of survivors of violence.
 In 2010, the centre helped 530 survivors of sexual violence, including 192 cases involving children.
 Australia will provide $3 million to the centre over three years from 2014. The centre is a new PNG organisation supported by Oxfam Australia and the Australian National University.
 These initiatives build on Australia's assistance for essential services. These include supporting the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary to establish 11 Family and Sexual Violence Units in Metropolitan Police Stations, including a unit in Lae, and consultations leading to the preparation of Papua New Guinea's Family Protection Bill in 2013   Australia has also been involved in training senior magistrates and district court clerks to improve the issuing of protection orders to prevent further violence in the home and in the community.


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