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BRIEF April 9, 2019

Development Marketplace 2019: Papua New Guinea

Family and community violence prevention and response study in Papua New Guinea

World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Victoria Kwakwa presents 2019 Development Marketplace award to Charlotte Kakebeeke, Papua New Guinea Photo: World Bank / Grant Ellis


Project Summary:
Violence against women and children is endemic throughout Papua New Guinea. It is compounded and reinforced by a lack of access to police and courts; a lack of basic services and support for women experiencing violence; women’s financial dependence on men; family pressures to resolve violence through mediation and compensation; and high rates of impunity for perpetrators. The Trauma Informed Prevention approach unites the community to address collective trauma and stop the cycle of violence. Age- and gender-separated Peer Support Circles create safe spaces to heal and learn.

The Development Marketplace award will enable the research team to evaluate the first phase of this innovative program, support design of the next phases, and inform the development of national guidelines for the management of child abuse cases.

Project Team: 
Niamh Carty, Angeline Angwin & Charlotte Kakebeeke