Minister insists judiciary not insensitive to domestic violence cases

Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis defended the judiciary against a charge, made in a damning Council of Europe report, that they were insensitive to domestic violence, thus contributing to a low conviction rate in such cases.

The CoE’s Group of Experts on Action Against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) warned that urgent improvement was required in various areas.

But Zammit Lewis insisted that the authorities were registering progress in the field and rejected the claim that the judiciary were insensitive, even as he said that he welcomed GREVIO’s scrutiny.

The minister also emphasised his condemnation of domestic violence, insisting that those who mistreated and battered their partners were ignorant.

“This issue cannot be fought through new laws but through a change in mentality. It is not a matter of partisan politics, we must pull the same rope.”