A woman waits at the Family Support Centre in Tari, Hela Province, in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Her husband attacked her with a knife in front of her seven year old son. Photo: Jodi Bieber
A woman waits at the Family Support Centre in Tari, Hela Province, in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. 
Photo:Jodi Bieber

 

“My husband's violence started last year. He has given me many injuries – fractured wrist, cuts across my back and elbows, bruises all over my face... As he is a policeman the police will not help me. This centre is the only place where I can come and get help…. Each time I come here I have to go back to my husband afterwards. I have nowhere else to go...I am feeling depressed by it all, seeing that nothing is being pursued, no matter how many times I go back and forth,”
- Mother of three, 30 years old, survivor of intimate partner violence, Port Moresby Family Support Centre, 2015

 


Home to more than seven million people, Papua New Guinea is the South Pacific’s largest island. A country of rich ethnic and cultural diversity, where more than 800 languages are spoken, this Commonwealth country gained its independence from Australia in 1975. It is estimated that more than two thirds of PNG's population lives under the poverty line, on less than US $1.25 a day.  The country also has the worst health indicators in the Pacific region. Since 2009 MSF has treated 27,993 survivors of family and sexual violence care in Papua New Guinea and carried out 68,840 major and minor surgeries, one third of which were for violence-related injuries.

 

Find out more about MSF in Papua New Guinea.
 


Read MSF's press release "Papua New Guinea: New MSF report reveals cycle of abuse for survivors of family and sexual violence"
Read
MSF's new report "Return to Abuser"