Emotional & Physical violence cases most frequently recorded – figures

The combination of Emotional and Physical abuse remains the most frequent type of new domestic violence cases recorded by authorities, new figures reveal.

According to figures for the period between 2010 to the first half of 2018 (Jan – June), there were 821 new cases of emotional and physical abuse experienced by victims. While 2010 represented the highest number (124) of cases, the period between 2015 and 2017 represents the most frequent over 90 (103, 123 and 91 respectively.). In the first half of 2018, there were only 43 cases reported.

This data came by way of a Parliamentary Question by the Nationalist MP Claudette Buttigieg to the Minister for Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity Mr Michael Falzon, in which she requested key information on the recorded cases of domestic violence.

While this combination illustrates the highest number of new cases, there were also regular cases of emotional abuse across the period, over 20 cases each year. The highest number were recorded in 2010.

All figures can be viewed Here

In addition, the combination of Emotional, Physical and Financial abuse had also seen a dangerous appearance in the period between 2013 to 2017, with new cases fluctuating between the mid 50s and the early 20s, those four years. By the first half of 2018, cases of this kind had reduced drastically to 9.

Interestingly, the number of cases of rape reported are non-existent across the entire period under examination, despite there being reports of sexual abuse reported separately or in combination with another form of abuse.

Overall, the year of 2016 represented the highest number of new domestic violence cases.

First half of 2018, highest number of ongoing cases

Despite the number of new cases and types of abuse, the number of ongoing cases remains high and particularly in the Jan – June period of 2018.

According to the figures, the six-month period had 659 cases compared to 142 new cases in the same period, just over 4 times as many.

Overall, the number of ongoing cases across the period amounted to 3364 while new cases only amounted to 2471.

Age range for domestic violence victims

When examining the age ranges for victims of domestic violence, the greater frequency of new cases of abuse by age largely sits between 30 and 44 (30-34, 35-39 and 40-44)

The new cases of abuse across the eight-year reporting period, sit between the high teens and early 50s, with 2017 being the year with the greatest number of incidents across the three age brackets (54, 51 and 48 respectively.). These age groups also have the same number of cases reported in the first six months of 2018 (19). The age group of 60 represents the second highest number of new cases in this year (16).

The age group of 45-49 is recorded to have the second most consistent number of cases across the 8-year period.


As for reports on the number of domestic violence cases per gender, the numbers are far outweighed by females.

According to the figures across the eight-year period, female cases amount to 2,384. This is compared to 83 cases of males reporting cases of domestic violence.