The PNGAus Partnership has been contributing to the expansion of Family and Sexual Violence Units (FSVUs) since 2009, helping to establish 27 of the current 47 FSVUs around the country.
Recently, more than 60 frontline police officers from PNG’s FSVUs and Criminal Investigation Division (CID) gathered in Port Moresby for a week-long workshop to learn from each other’s experiences and discuss recent amendments to the Family Protection Act (FPA).
Tougher penalties for offenders were a key change to the FPA.
Those found guilty of aggravated domestic violence will face up to 5 years prison and up to 2 years for breaches of family protection orders.
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary National FSVU Directorate Coordinator, Chief Inspector Delilah Sandeka said the workshop and similar training supported by the Australian Government was a “lifeline” for FSVU officers in keeping them abreast of changes in the law.
Australian High Commission representative, Casey Senome praised the attendees, “You are critical, you are on the frontline of PNG’s response to FSV.
Your work can literally save lives. That is why Australia is committed to supporting your efforts, because what you do matters.”