Country Malta
Year 2009
Type of Measure Social services > Shelter/Safe accommodation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


Agenzija Appogg has one shelter called Ghabex shelter. The Shelter was set up in October 2000. Its aim is to providean immediate safe environment to women victims of domestic violence and their children, who require immediate protection. The shelter programme is based on the belief that women and children have a right to protection from violence and abuse and that any woman, regardless of socio-economic, status and age may be subjected to abuse. The service offers a setting conducive to self healing to women and their children who suffer emotional, physical and sexual violence.

The women's stay at the shelter is aimed at a maximum period of three months, after which service users will move on to a second stage shelter, or to any alternative accommodation that would have been identified during their stay at Ghabex. During these three months, staff at Ghabex support the women in their daily needs, and will also work with them to draw up an action plan for their future. The shelter has 15 beds which are provided to women and their children. The shelter accepts female children of any age and male children under 18yrs. Women are informed about the shelters through media campaigns, through social workers from the Domestic Violence Unit and through the Police force.

Other shelters that exist in Malta include: 1st Stage Shelters: one with shared rooms and 15 beds in total to accommodate both the women and their children; another with 13 individual rooms for women and their children;  a third with  6 rooms for women and their children (currently not available due to refurbishing).  2nd Stage Shelters: one having  9 individual flats.  Women's Hostels: one having 17 beds in total to accommodate both the women and their children.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Malta to the questionnaire on violence against women, May 2009