State failings and systemic violence against women in Malta

Today, 22nd November, one year since the femicide of Bernice Cilia, we condemn the systemic violence that meant her case of domestic violence was ignored by the authorities until it was too late. 

ADPD – The Green Party Chairperson Sandra Gauci said “We call for justice for all victims of domestic violence, majority of whom are women and children. There is an urgent need for increased resources to protect victims, support survivors, and educate perpetrators. What happened to Bernice Cilia must never happen again. However the state continues to fail women by disregarding our health, wellbeing, and safety. This is why in just a few days we will also mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November) by joining the demonstration in Valletta.”