Financial allocation to combat domestic violence increased by more than 70%
This coming Monday will see the commencement of 16 days of activities concerning domestic violence with a series of events to emphasise that such violence should not remain concealed behind the four walls of a home. Although reports of domestic violence given to the Police and Aġenzija Appoġġ have increased considerably that are still a number of cases that go unreported.
Minister for Equality Edward Zammit Lewis said that in next year’s Budget the financial allocation for the prevention of domestic violence has been increased by more than 70%.
He said the finance will be spent on entities, people, education and the sector’s priorities that are a work-life balance, eliminating wage differences, conditions of work for all employees and initiatives such as the forthcoming 16 days of activities.
The Minister said the activities are aimed to increase greater awareness so as to enable victims of domestic violence to speak out.
The Commissioner for Domestic Violence, Simone Azzopardi, said this year’s theme for the activities is ‘L-Ebda Skuża għall-Abbuż’ (There is no Excuse for Abuse). Activities will continue to 10th December and will include discussions among others on prostitution, a solidarity walk in support of victims and a number of training sessions for Police, lawyers and doctors.