29-year-old Josie Kikoli, who is attached with the downtown Port Moresby Family Sexual Violence Unit, was at the Morata police barracks after a night out with friends when her ex-partner and father of her 18-month-old daughter beat her up until she lost consciousness.
“I have always encouraged women who go through different kinds of violence to report these matters and I have worked on these cases so many times, but when it happened to me, I was lost,” Kikoli revealed.
“It was like a slap in the face.”
Kikoli sustained very serious wounds, including a nasty slash to the front of her head requiring five stitches, and just above the bridge of her nose with three stitches.
It has been two weeks since the beating but the police officer is still traumatised.
However, she said this was the very thing she was fighting against.
She had woken up confused in a hospital bed with two scars running down her face, including traces of bruising.
Kikoli further revealed that her former partner, whom she left a year ago, is also a police personnel. The case of this police officer is now under investigation and 29-year-old Kikoli wants nothing more than justice for what happened to her.
She said she will not be deterred from doing what she was meant to do, although this abusive treatment had been ongoing, but never this serious.
(29-year-old Josie Kikoli)