LISA MARTIN | AAP
PORT MORESBY - An iron rod, an angry husband, and a petrified wife locked in a storeroom at work.
Defusing potentially deadly scenarios is a typical day at the office for counsellors at Papua New Guinea's domestic violence hotline, which has just clocked up its second anniversary.
Violence against women in PNG is at epidemic proportions with an estimated two-thirds experiencing physical and sexual abuse in their lifetimes.
The hotline has instigated police intervention 900 times since its inception.
It receives some funding from ChildFund Australia and has answered almost 8,000 calls, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Surprisingly, 49% of callers are men seeking relationship advice.
Family and sexual violence, relationship issues and child welfare were the top three issues for people calling.
In 63% of violence cases, the perpetrator was an intimate partner.
As well as police and legal services, the hotline provides referrals to face-to-face counselling, medical care and safe houses.
Central, Morobe, East Sepik, Southern Highlands and Eastern Highlands had the highest volume of callers compared to other provinces.
PNG readers seeking help and counselling for family and sexual violence should phone the 1-TOK KAUNSELIN HELPIM LAIN national hotline (715-08000)