The Malta Independent 30 March 2023, Thursday
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More than 500 domestic violence cases in 2022

Tuesday, 31 January 2023, 18:32 Last update: about 3 months ago

There were a total of 513 cases of victims of domestic violence in 2022, data tabled in Parliament by family Minister Michael Falzon showed

The minister said that Aġenzija Appoġġ doesn't investigate reports, but rather offers support to victims who come forward.

Falzon was replying to a parliamentary question by PN MP Bernice Bonello.

Data showed the number domestic violence victims of various ages for the years 2012 to 2022.


In 2012 there were a total of 520 females and 17 males, in 2013 531 females and 15 males, in 2014 516 females and 19 males, in 2015 there were 520 females and 17 males, in 2016 there were 457 females and 10 males, in 2017 there were 490 females and 17 males, in 2018 there 603 females and 62 males.

However from 2019 till 2021 there was a drastic increase in numbers as in 2019 there were 926 females and 223 males, in 2020 there were 1060 females and 230 males, in 2021 there were 924 females and 175 males.

In  2022, the number of victims almost halved and went back to what the average was before 2019 with 421 females and 92 males.

In his explanation Falzon said that that when contacted Agenzija Appogg does a risk assessment from which a personalised action plan is derived.

Additionally another risk assessment is also carried out within 24 of police receiving the report, after which a social worker is allocated to the case.

The minister said that when a victim contacts the agency, a risk assessment is carried out and the victim is guided to file a report with the police, and a medical reports in cases where they would have injuries as a result of abuse.


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