Breaking the Cycle of Violence

​Breaking the Cycle of Violence is a project co-financed by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme of the EU with a budget of around €350,000. It aims to complement Malta’s plan of action to implement the Istanbul Convention. The objective of this project is to raise awareness among women who are more susceptible to suffer violence of all forms – psychological, economic, physical or sexual. These women were identified to be women with some form of disability, migrant women and LBTI women, and were adopted as the target groups for this project.
The project incorporates an awareness-raising campaign for the general public, information sessions, an educational programme for children and youth, the development of a mentoring programme for women which fall under any one of the target groups mentioned above, as well as research on violence trends.
During 2019, seven information sessions were held. Five of them were with human resources personnel, one of which catered for the Gozo cohort. Another one was conducted with public service employees in senior positions, and the last of which was conducted with advocates in collaboration with the Chamber of Advocates. Amongst the topics discussed during these sessions included the services available for victims of domestic violence and gender-based violence, how government employees may bring the victims closer to these services, and a closer look at the experience of the victims.

pic1 Information session with HR personnel in Gozo

pic2Information session for HR personnel

​In collaboration with the Malta Girl Guides and the Scouts Association of Malta as partners of the project, they held a leaders training weekend in June. These leaders were equiped with the tools required to disseminate messages against domestic violence with the younger members, which is also the theme for the ‘Be The Change’ Festival.
Following the information sessions and mentoring sessions held in 2018 with the four target groups, the last of the target group’s certificate award ceremony was held early in 2019. This ceremony awarded certificates specifically to members of the LBTI community who attended the information session and mentoring sessions.
Lastly, the University of Malta has produced an interim report of its research. The research’s objective was necessary in order to measure the attutitudes towards violence against women before and after the training sessions were held with the target groups (women with disabilities, migrant women, LBTI women), scouts and girl guides leaders and two age groups of children, the last of which were compared to children who did not attend any training. This research is to be concluded early in 2020.

Contact Information:

 Contact Name
Commission on Domestic Violence
Continental Business Centre
Old Railway Track
St. Venera