Collaboration with local service providers is a crucial part of Femili PNG’s work – without it, it is difficult to obtain positive outcomes for survivors.
In recent weeks, the Femili PNG team has been thrilled to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with three important partners – the Lae District Court, the Division of Community Development in the Morobe Provincial Government and the Lae Provincial Police.
The MOUs formalise the strong partnership between Femili PNG and these organisations, and highlight their dedication to achieve better outcomes for survivors of family and sexual violence.
On signing the MOU at Lae Court, the Senior Provincial Magistrate noted the positive work undertaken by Femili PNG on pursuing interim protection orders (IPOs) for clients in the court, and reiterated the court’s commitment to overseeing the cases of survivors of family and sexual violence.
Under the MOU with the Division of Community Development, the department will place one of their staff on secondment to Femili PNG for on-the-job training in case management. This staff member will also lead the Morobe Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee Secretariat.
Additionally, Femili PNG has also provided material support to some partner organisations, to assist them in supporting survivors. On the signing of the MOU with the Provincial Police, they were provided with a computer, printer and two filing cabinets to file clients’ documents confidentially. This will assist the effective issuing of IPOs.
Femili PNG’s Operations Manager Denga said that the MoUs are an important step.
“The signing of MoUs between Femili PNG and the different partner organisations have taken our already established networking and partnership to the next level,” Denga said.
“They create a clear understanding between the parties for better collaboration in providing services to survivors in a timely manner.”