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Breaking the Cycle of Violence



In Malta, the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was ratified in August 2014.  This committed government to implement measures, including the adoption of legislation and policies, so as to classify all forms of violence against women as a violation of human rights.  It was in November 2017 when the Minister launched the action plan against gender based violence and domestic violence.


‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence Project’

Following an open call across all Member States by DG Justice, the Ministry for Social Dialogue and the Civil Liberties (MSDC) submitted a project application which was successful.  The Breaking the Cycle of Violence (BCV) Project took off in January 2018 and will be executed by June 2020.  This project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union.


Scope of the Project

  • To identify the behaviours and attitudes of victims experiencing violence against women (VAW) which impede them from breaking free from the cycle of violence;
  • To raise awareness among vulnerable groups of women with a focus on women with disabilities, migrant women, and lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex (LBTI) women, and for them to be informed about support services and protection measures;
  • To raise awareness among children and youths, and actively engage boys and men in the fight against VAW;
  • To raise awareness and encourage victims, potential victims and witnesses to report VAW and seek help;
  • To develop and implement a set of mentoring workshops for victims who are experiencing VAW to instigate the behavioural changes required in breaking the cycle of VAW; and
  • To develop and implement an educational programme for children and young adults on VAW prevention and spread a clear message of zero tolerance to VAW.



Group information sessions and individual mentoring programmes will be organised for the different target groups.  The trainees themselves will organise seminars to share their experiences and good practice with other stakeholders in their sectors as a means of ensuring the sustainability of the training received.

Awareness raising on VAW and an information campaign on social media targeting the general public and children will be organised within the project framework.  The campaign will be pre and post tested by telephone surveys to assess whether any behavioural change occurred in the public’s opinion on VAW.  This research will be conducted by the University of Malta; the University is also responsible for assessing any behaviour changes of the target group trainees before and after they receive the group and individual mentoring sessions.

The partners in the project are:

  • The Malta Girl Guides
  • The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability
  • The Migrant Women Association Malta
  • The Malta LGBTIQ Movement

Moreover, an outreach on VAW is also targeted towards personnel within the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, Human Resources officials in the public service, non-governmental organisations, the Chamber of Advocates and the Forum on Integration Affairs.

Launch of the Breaking the Cycle of Violence by the Minister Helena Dalli on the 27th of October 2018

Seminar on migrant women and domestic violence

  Seminar on women with disability and domestic violence

Co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme by the European Union