1,325 domestic violence incidents reported last year

A total of 1,325 domestic violence reports were received by the police last year, an average of more than 25 reports a week.

Figures tabled by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in response to a parliamentary question by Nationalist MP Claudette Buttigieg also show that 1,257 domestic violence reports were filed in 2017, with a further 1,341 reports filed in 2018.

Buttigieg had also asked for statistics on gender violence, only to be told that these could not be provided as no crimes were categorised as gender violence as of yet. However, Camilleri pledged that this would be addressed in the future.

The parliamentary question was made last week, but was coincidentally answered in a day marked by the aftermath of Malta’s first murder in 2020, the death of a 34-year-old woman, Chantelle Chetcuti at the hands of her former partner. A protest organised by NGO calling for greater action to prevent violence against women is being held this evening.

Chetcuti had herself filed a domestic violence report against the man charged with her murder in 2013.