When MSF's work at Angau Hospital was reviewed by Dr Kamalini Lokuge from The Australian National University, an important gap was identified by those of us who had worked on the frontline with survivors for years.It was a gap in services - the same women would return to us after we'd treated them, having been hurt by violent partners yet again.
That domestic violence remains a big issue in Australia, even after decades of effort, shows what a long journey it will be for PNG and indeed all in our region.
But I am proud to be part of that journey and confident of change.
Since opening its doors, our small team has helped many hundreds of women and children.
It is so satisfying to be able to work with these brave and resilient survivors, and, rather than having to send traumatised women and children out to fend for themselves, to be able to support them to access services and exit lives of violence. For example, Lae now has two fully functioning safe houses.
In this regard, there was not much we could do to help, other than point them in the direction of the police.
At that time, Lae had very little emergency housing for victims of domestic violence, and we had few links to the police, the courts and others who could potentially help women and children.
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My Australian friends tell me that domestic violence is increasingly in the spotlight in Australia. You might know that family and sexual violence is a big problem in my country - there are estimates that as many as 70 per cent of PNG women experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.