Friday, June 19, 2015

Improved skills to assist survivors of violence

Professionals are now better equipped to deliver essential services to survivors of violence, following a two-week workshop held in Port Moresby.
Spearheaded by the Office of the Public Prosecutor and funded by the Australian Government, the workshop involved OPP victim liaison officers, police officers, members of the national government and non-government organisations working together to strengthen skills, knowledge and collaboration in delivery of services for survivors of family and sexual violence crimes.
"We must all work together to ensure that perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice, and survivors can access not only justice but protection and recuperation," said Deputy Public Prosecutor, Timothy Ai.
Counsellor Michael Sloane of the Australian High Commission, said violence is one of the largest barriers to gender equality. 
"PNG and Australia recognise that one of the best ways to promote economic growth and stronger, more prosperous communities is to empower women and girls," said Sloane.
"Women who are economically secure can better access education and health services, and have expanded opportunities to take on leadership or decision-making roles in their communities and workplaces, boosting economic and political participation."
The workshop was attended by 25 participants and facilitated by the Fiji and Vanuatu Women's Crisis Centres in partnership with the PNG-Australia Law and Justice Partnership – Transition Program.  

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