44 men were victims of domestic violence during the first six months of the year
Domestic violence is often associated with women, but in the first six months of the year, among the victims of domestic violence who sought help, forty four were men.
On the TVM program Insight, Inspector Sylvana Gafa said that the police were looking at having specialised inspectors for the investigation of domestic violence cases.
During the first six months of this year, more than 300 people fell victim to domestic violence and sought help at the Appogg Agency. In the program Insights, Assistant Director of Appogg, Remenda Grech, said that 44 of these were men who reported cases of emotional abuse such as threats and insults.
“That’s one of the worst forms of abuse someone can go through, because words are hurtful and are there to stay there. It is very difficult to forget insults.” said Ms Grech .
Ms Grech said that in the same period, more than 100 people attended the course STOP, organised by the Agency, aimed at managing their anger and behaviour. “There are men out there who know they have a problem and who want to do something about it, and it is our responsibility as professionals to talk about these programs.”
Between January and September of this year, the police received more than one thousand reports (1002) of domestic violence. 901 were reports against men and the remaining 243 were reports against women. In the same period, the Court convicted five people of domestic violence and ordered custodial sentences.
The vision of the Police long-term is for domestic violence cases to be investigated by specially trained inspectors” said Inspector Sylvana Gafa from the Victim Support Unit.
Reports that are filed at police stations are referred to the Victim Support Unit. The Inspector said that this department needed enhancing and more areas of specialisation.