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By Margaret Daure

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (February 19, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---Previous reports, research and findings on studies on family violence will be taken off shelves, dusted and reviewed in a family violence consultancy program to start next month in Papua New Guinea.

British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Simon Scadden presented a check for K 48,174 (US$ 14,694) to the Family Violence Action Committee, which will administer the project. The money will be used to fund the first phase of the program.

The committee's key objectives will be to collate and update work already done on family violence in PNG, in particular the Law Reform Commission report of 1992 and Lady Carol Kidu's report of May 2000. The aim: preparing a prioritized action plan on family violence in PNG for a five-year period.

Catherine Bradley, a consultant from Canada, will be assisted by Jane Kesno in examining all the measures that have been taken or recommended over the last few years that impact on family violence.

While presenting the check, Mr. Scadden said that the British Government was working with Papua New Guinea in its fight to eradicate family violence.

Mr. Scadden said since coming to PNG, he had noticed that there was a lot of work done to address family violence but there was lack of coordinated effort to bring all the work together and implement the recommendations of previous workshops and studies.

He said the funding would ensure that the consultants come up with more effective methods of collecting data in future, thereby ensuring that an accurate statistical database exists throughout PNG.

Mr. Scadden said the total cost of the project was K 133,000 (US$ 40,567).

The balance of K 75,042 (US$ 22,889) will be given in April.

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