Stories of hope and change

Emily’s story


Emily* and her children were repatriated to Port Moresby by Femili PNG (working with partner organisations) after family tracing and discussion with her family occurred.

Emily’s background involved on-going intimate partner violence and sexual violence from her husband since the start of her marriage. All of her children showed physical signs of malnutrition and one was hospitalised.

Femili PNG arranged safe house accommodation for Emily and her children, where they stayed for seven weeks while waiting for the outcome of legal proceedings.

Femili PNG supported Emily as she reported her case to the police. Her husband was arrested and charged, and the court ordered his employer to directly pay PGK 400.00 every fortnight into Emily’s bank account.

In this case of repatriation, Femili PNG worked closely with the Child Protection Officer of the Welfare Department based in Port Moresby. The Child Protection Officer conducted further family assessment work in Port Moresby prior to the repatriation.

The Child Protection Officer then collected Emily and her children at Jacksons airport, initiated the re-integration with her family, and purchased goods to assist Emily to start a small business in Port Moresby. Client follow-up and monitoring over the longer term was handled by the Port Moresby Welfare Department.

* Not her real name