A safe place for Paulina and Jerry

*A story about Domestic Violence, how it affects women and children, and the options available for getting help

Paulina’s father was a violent man. Every night, he would come home drunk, argue with her mother, and beat her up. Seeing this, Paulina would grab her brother Jerry by his hand, run into her room, lock the door, hide in the closet and cover their ears.

Most times, they would fall asleep in the closet and wake up the next morning seeing their mother with a black eye and bruised face.

Paulina would always skip school to take care of her mother and brother.

Their home was always peaceful whenever her dad was not around. They enjoyed their mother’s meals, her jokes and the bedtime stories she would read to them each night.

But whenever her dad came home, everything turned into chaos. The arguments and fights would start, and Paulina and Jerry would spend the night in the closet.

One afternoon, a group of women visited her mother and told her about a Safe House for women like her and her children who have a violent father. Paulina’s mother was relieved when she heard about this and quickly left with Paulina and Jerry.

The Safe House had other women and their children, too. Paulina was sad that they left their home and dad, but she was also happy that her mother would not get beaten up again and she would not have to skip school.


Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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