Police staff receive awareness on domestic violence

A domestic violence awareness program was held yesterday at the Police Training College staff at the Bomana Police Training College.

Director and senior counselor of PNG Counseling and Consultation Services, Allan Tagai presented simple but strong facts about everyday experiences of violence in PNG to more than 100 officers and staff.

Tagai says cases of violence in PNG are never followed through to be resolved using the proper procedure and guidelines.

“Cases involving women and children are very common that many in PNG have come to except and that is not meant to be so,” says Tagai.

He challenged the officers to go by the process of handling violence cases as this is the cause of why so many families have and are becoming displaced in the communities.

He adds that a structure needs to be in place to handle cases to report intervention, investigation, arrests, court appearances and sentencing and that there should be a centre that can supervise the handling of violence cases and deal adequately with every case so it is managed and monitored from the beginning to the end.

Tagai called on all churches to assist with counseling and visitation in their and communities to help victims of violence and not to just stand by and watch those who really need the help.

Annette Kora