Increase in domestic violence reports / Photo by Ali Jalali

Between 2016-2018, the number of cases of domestic violence reached 4,297. This data was published by the National Office of Statistics in a special study on gender-based and domestic violence, spanning three years from 2016 to 2018.

When compared to 2016, in 2018 persons who experienced domestic violence and made use of the services in this area increased by 26%. In 2018, 1,540 cases were reported to the Police, 1,226 cases were registered with the Domestic Violence Unit within Aġenzija Appoġġ, and smaller numbers with other services. The NSO noted that, while in the total number of cases, the numbers have been harmonised, in the case of reporting lines, the numbers may involve persons making use of services more than once.

While the vast majority of the cases were from females suffering from domestic violence, the number of males reporting such violence is increasing slowly. There were also 5 reports in 2017 of persons without gender who reported domestic violence.

When looking at the age groups, there appears to have been a migration between 2016-2018. In 2016, the largest reporting cohort was the under 30 age group. By 2018, the cohorts had largely evened out.