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 FAMILY & SEXUAL VIOLENCE ACTION COMMITTEE

The Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) was established in 2000 as one of the Sectorial Committees of the Consultative and Implementation Monitoring Committee (CIMC). The CIMC secretariat is based in Port Moresby and administered by the Institute of National Affairs (INA), a private non-profit research institute.

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Our Mandate & Long Term Goal:

Our mandate and long term goal is to work towards reducing the occurrence and suffering caused by physical, sexual and psychological violence within families and extended families in the home environment and increasing access to support services and justice for survivors of family and sexual violence (FSV).  

Our Four Focus Areas:

To address the issue of FSV, the FSVAC focusses on a human rights integrated, multi-sectorial approach. All sectors of society have a crucial role in addressing FSV and are expected to play a part in supporting the mandate and the implementation of the long term goal.

The FSVAC long term goal addresses four thematic areas:

Thematic Area 1: Policy Development & Legal Reform

Strategic Goal- Ensure Legal and social protection for all survivors

Thematic Area 2: Survivor-Centered Service Provision

Strategic Goal- Ensure safe pathways in all 95 districts

Thematic Area 3: Advocacy & Communication

Strategic Goal- Ensure all communities have active networks for prevention and response

Thematic Area 4: Research & Knowledge Management

Strategic Goal-Ensure High quality systematic data collection, analysis and research available on all aspects of prevention and response.

Our Role

The role of the FSVAC is to liaise, coordinate and network between collaborating agencies and support the implementation of the Long Term Goal in line with the goals and objectives of the PNG National GBV Strategy 2016-2025. Support the roll out of coordination desks at the provincial and district level to coordinate the response to FSV as per the NEC Direction 2013. Promote and advocate for dialogue between government and civil society to address family and sexual violence. Provide networking, coordination and capacity building for key institutions working towards FSV prevention and response.

FSVAC Management Composition

The FSVAC National Secretariat oversee day to day implementation of the FSVAC role and mandate. There are four technical working groups established under the four thematic areas. Each of the chairs of the technical working groups also form the FSVAC management committee. The chair of the FSVAC management committee is our representative on the CIMC council.

The technical working groups are:

Legal Reform Technical working group:

Established to achieve specific goals in the areas of

  • Policy and Legislative reform  
  • Protection Systems
  • Investigation, prosecution and sentencing

Service Provision Technical working group:

Established to develop and support a network of service for survivors in the areas of:

  • Health
  • Shelter
  • Psycho-social support
  • Welfare
  • Rehabilitation
  • Protection (Police and legal assistance)

Communication and Advocacy Technical working group:

Established to support family and sexual violence prevention and response efforts by:

  • Supporting responsible on-going dialogue and ethical reporting across all media platforms.
  • Actively building and supporting multi-sector advocacy and awareness networks and campaigns

Research and Knowledge Management Technical working group: 

Established to increase understanding of issues related to family and sexual violence through systematic data collection and monitoring, research and analysis.  

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What is Family & Sexual violence?

Family and Sexual violence or FSV is often referred to as the intention of a person using violence to exert power and control to ensure what is convenient, useful and functional to them. The intention can be to harm or intimidate in order to control.

It involves behavior towards other members of ones family including by marriage or blood ties, de-facto relationships, step-parents, adopted parents and their children etcetera.

This violence includes child abuse, that has long been ignored as a major problem until recently however remains poorly understood. It is a complex problem impacted upon by multiple variables.

Family and Sexual Violence can assume a number of forms:

Physical violence: Attacks or threats; hitting, kicking, punching, assault with a weapon; can involve harm to children & relatives

Sexual Violence: All sexual behavior without consent or threat of such behavior; unwanted touching, rape, incest, exposing oneself or forcing another to expose themselves, forcing someone to watch pornography, coercing someone to have sex.

Emotional Violence: This behavior does not give importance and respect to another's feelings and experiences. It involves refusal to listen to or denial of others feelings, blaming or punishing.

Verbal Violence: This includes put downs and ridicules.

Social Violence: This behavior limits, controls or interferes with the persons social activities or relationships with others, controls someone's movements and denies them access to family and friends.

Financial Violence: Denies someone access to resources such as money, and does so to punish them or cause grief.

Spiritual Violence: This includes behavior that degrades a person's religious or spiritual beliefs and limits their ability to engage with their beliefs.

Lets all work together to build safe societies from stable homes and strong families because the strength of a nation is dependent on the strength of all its citizens working together!  

 

Help is available! If you or any one you know is experiencing family and sexual violence. Call the free 1-tok kauselin helpim lain for information and support. Phone:  7150 8000

 

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