Domestic violence

Fire in her veins

Susan is from Mul-Baiyer in Western Highlands Province.

She worked as a nurse in West New Britain Province for 15 years. During that time, she suffered constant physical abuse at the hands of her husband.

“It’s not something to be ashamed of; I’m going to tell my story so young women like you can take better care of themselves,” she said as she gently touched my arm.

“He used to beat me up, over and over, especially targeting my head. I’ve had this sore on my head for almost seven years now. I went to Port Moresby; they scraped it off but it soon started up again.

No Place for Violence in Sports

The Board Chairman of SP Brewery, Ed Wegemans, made an important point in his keynote address that there is no place for violence in sports. 

He said, “Violence is a common enemy. It is not only a law and order issue; it is also a development issue in Papua New Guinea. Family Sexual Violence, Sorcery Accused Violence, and Domestic Violence and other forms of violence has no place in Sports and has no place in Papua New Guinea.” 

Restrained from assaulting partner

The Lae Committal Court was told that on the morning of Sunday, December 25th, 2022, the 32-year-old man repeatedly punched his partner of six years on the face, causing her eyes, nose and lips to bleed and swell.

The court was told the issue stemmed from an argument where the woman continuously questioned him over suspicions of infidelity.In anger, he assaulted her.

Police reported that the victim ran away to her parents’ house, then her brother’s, but he followed and continued assaulting her.

Council of Women Backs Vagrancy Act


They have supported the New Ireland Provincial Government’s plans and have called for the enforcement of the Vagrancy Act and night curfew.


Council President, Ruthy Watlen said that the attack with a golf club on the 24-year-old woman by her husband from the Momase region was “shocking” and a tragic case of a helpless woman killed in broad daylight in the presence of bystanders at a bus stop.


Kaiwi to stand trial at National Court

Magistrate, Tracey Ganaii, made the ruling this morning (March 26th).

Bhosip Kaiwi, 26, from Jiwaka Province was charged with one count of willful murder in the death of his partner and mother of his children, Jenelyn Kennedy.

The court heard that the late Jenelyn medical report and photographs from the autopsy report indicated that she sustained fatal head injuries and internal bleeding.

Further, the late Jenelyn sustained grievous bodily harm allegedly caused by her partner.

Domestic Violence laws need enforcement


Minister Goi expressed disappointment that citizens and law imposers have not been seriously implementing laws that are already in place to prevent Gender and Family Violence

“The government has already made some laws to protect women and families from all forms of violence, The Act of Violence Against Women, or Wife Bash it’s a criminal act in itself. Over several years department has introduced another Act which is the Lukautim Pikinini Act as we know.

Athlete to file report on brutal beating

According to a social media post by Kaore herself, the violence resulted from a ‘TikTok’ video she had done.

Here is a photo of PNG athlete and Pacific Games medallist, Debbie Kaore, all stitched up and trying to wear a smile.

Hours before that, she was in pain from burns and bleeding from severe wounds inflicted on her face by her partner.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone by a family member on the night it occurred (Thursday 4th June) and by Friday 5th, it was trending on social media.

Pacific family violence workers mobilised during NZ's lockdown

The Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu campaign was launched this month by The Cause Collective, a Pacific social change agency.

The Cause Collective have spent the past three years working with family violence practitioners, Pacific providers and community leaders, including police, social workers and church ministers and training using specific cultural frameworks in eight different Pacific languages through the Nga Vaka o Kāiga Tapu programme.

Concerns Covid-19 stresses could increase domestic violence in Pacific

A family advocate in Tonga said the national lockdown and closing of borders had added stress to many households.

Tonga is under a State of Emergency as the government attempted to keep the country Covid-19 free.

Tonga's Women & Children Crisis Centre Director, 'Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki, said being in confinement could mean those already in violent relationships, could have their situation exacerbated.

She said the community would start to feel the economic crunch of the pandemic measures.

Police officers who abuse partners will be dismissed: Commissioner

Manning said collectively as an organisation, the Police Force has recorded a large number of cases of domestic violence which must be addressed now.

“We cannot go out and pretend to solve problems within the community if our members are actually abusing our wives within our own homes in the police barracks,” Manning stated.