PNG to pass Family Protection Bill to cab Domestic Violence

EFFORTS to address domestic issues received the overwhelming support of MPs yesterday when they passed the Family Protection Bill.      
Attorney General Kerenga Kua told Parliament that it was important to have the law in place as the level of domestic violence on women and children was alarming.
“The legislation will give teeth to the current interim protection orders issued by the District Court,” he said.
“The highly sought-after interim protection orders by destitute women do not have a legislative backing. Victims find themselves in situations where these interim protection orders are not enforceable.
“When a breach occurs, there is no penalty in any law. So the cycle of violence within families continues.”
Kua said according to reports from the Office of Public Prosecutor, domestic violence affected women of all status and sexual crimes were frequently committed against children of both sexes.

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