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About Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is when a person tries to dominate and control another.

Abusers would not only use physical violence, but also use fear, control, intimidation, shame, name calling, they might threaten to hurt you or your family members and those around you, they would control what you wear and who you meet, the amount of money you can have or are ‘allowed’ ... they may even stalk and harass you.

Domestic Violence does not discriminate. Anyone can be a victim. It can happen among heterosexual couples and same sex couples. It occurs at all ages and does not distinguish between economic income, race, colour, religion and ethnicity.

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WHAT TO DO?

 

Never try to solve the problem on your own. Always put your safety first.

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION:

1. Call helpline 179 or emergency line 112 if you are in danger, The police will come to you and can drive you somewhere safe.

 

2. Go to the closest police station and file a complaint. You can go to any police station that you are closer too and need not go to the police station of your locality.

 

3. Call someone for help and support. If you have a friend or family to help you, get in touch with them.

 

4. Also you can call 179 and ask them for support. The helpline is available 24 hours.

 

5. Make a safety plan. If you have been appointed a social worker by the national agency Agenzija Appogg, she /he can help you come up with a safety plan to ensure that you can go somewhere safe when you plan to leave, including if necessary a shelter.

 

If you do not have a social worker and are planning on leaving, pack an emergency bag including mediation, a change of clothes, documents, money and other essential items you and if the case your children, may require.

This project has been funded with support from the VO Fund within the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.