PAPUA New Guinea's Port Moresby General Hospital has recently experienced an increase in admissions due to domestic violence.
The Family Support Centre within the hospital has been conducting medical examinations since 2014 and has found that there’s an increase of cases relating to domestic violence against women and children.
Local online news outlet, PNG Loop, reports that the centre treats over 1,000 victims a year, with about 30-40 patients a month.
Centre manager Tessie Soi said these numbers are much higher than in the past and it is clear that there are more women experiencing violent relationships.
Soi urged people to report to the centre immediately if experiencing violence.
The incidence of violence against women and girls in PNG has long numbered amongst the worst in the world.
Despite continued expressions of concern from PNG’s prime minister Peter O’Neill and other leaders, the problem is intensifying and it remains a source of acute dysfunction and shame in the country.