PNG Safe Houses To Have Standard Operation Procedures

Safe houses provide a vital service to the survivors of family sexual violence and gender-based violence and alignment of precedures allows for better protection

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 20, 2017) –Discussion of redrafting safe houses guidelines is on with officers from Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) visiting the regions.

National FSVAC Secretariat deputy national programme coordinator Isi Oru told Post-Courier during a recent visit to Lae.

Mr Oru said safe houses are providing a very vital service to the survivors of family sexual violence (FSV) and gender-based violence (GBV) so having a guideline in place will guide their operations.

"This is a Momase Child Protection Act conference where all safe houses partners from Madang, Morobe, West Sepik and East Sepik Provinces attended and discussed particular objectives and activities they prefer or didn’t like in the current shelter guideline draft," Mr Oru said.

He emphasised that safe houses must implement standard operation procedures in their organisation’s operations to provide better services to FSV and GBV survivors including survivors of human trafficking.

Mr Oru said the workshop conducted enables safe house representatives to discuss and consolidate ideas for improvement on services they provided.

"The discussion centered on mediation and counseling including other related issues of shelter services so service providers must align to shelter code of ethics and principals to provide that quality and coordinated services to survivors.

"Shelter service is regarded as the heart of homecare and as policy contributors, gathering their views will enhance us to document a proper guide that allow services to be provided to survivors of child abuse, human trafficking, FSV, sorcery related violence, GBV and other new trends of violence affecting innocent population," Mr Oru explained.

He said they will adhere to standards and legislations that demand those services ensuring that the practical aspect of it is conducted.

Similar workshop will be conducted in Southern, Highlands and New Guinea Island Regions before the second draft for shelter guidelines is documented and launched later this year.

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