Family Sexual Violence Unit

Female police officer brutally assaulted

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.”

Injustice…a threat to justice

This quote by Martin Luther King Jnr was stressed by Chief inspector Delilah Sandeka when talking about family violence.

Sandeka is the district coordinator for the Family Sexual Violence Unit under the Royal PNG Constabulary.

“Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly, so we cannot sit back and say that’s their problem, I’m not affected. Every one of us has to work together to see that family violence is reduced,” she said.

Chief inspector in U.S. leadership program

Chief Inspector Sandeka heads the Family Sexual Violence Unit for the Royal PNG Constabulary and is based in Port Moresby.

She will join the “Community Responsiveness: Law Enforcement Leadership” program, which will run from February 27 through March 17 in the United States. 

Lack of resources hinders efforts to address child abuse: Officer

This is one of the challenges faced in Lae by front line child protection service provider Femili PNG.

Femili PNG operations manager Denga Illave said the delay in the submission of files and witness statement from respective stakeholders to the court is mainly due to lack of logistics.

Illave reported that at the moment in Lae, there are only two sexual offense squad offices responding to both child abuse cases and the general sexual abuse cases in Morobe Province.