In the first six months of this year the number of cases of domestic violence reported to the police in Malta reached 486. Since 2005, the number of domestic violence cases reported to the police in Malta has quadrupled, 848 cases being reported in 2011.
In its submissions for the 2013 Budget the Malta Confederation of Womens Organization (MCWO) strongly suggests that the Commission on Domestic Violence should be given more financial and human resources to implement these much needed changes and amendments and not depend mainly on European Funds for its sterling work in order that this convention is ratified within the shortest delay possible.
MCWO said on Sunday that the prevention of violence to women, children, family members and society entails more commitment and investment by the state.
In May 2012, Malta signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Ratification of this convention entails legal, institutional changes and amendments that require much more resources than those allocated to the Commission on Violence against Women.