PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND MEUSAC

Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties awarded EU funds for project under Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties was awarded Euros 305,651 to implement a national project entitled ‘Full Cooperation: Zero Violence’ under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

MEUSAC assisted the Ministry in drawing up the application for this project proposal.

The project will start in January 2017 and end in December 2018 and will focus on the collaboration and capacity building of various stakeholders that play an important role in combating violence against women, while raising awareness and encouraging more victims and bystanders to report such incidents.

‘Full Cooperation: Zero Tolerance’ is aimed at strengthening multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary cooperation, enabling relevant professionals to mitigate, respond to and collaborate on violence against women and gender-based violence effectively.

Moreover, the project aims to upgrade the quality of services and the introduction of national minimum standards by developing and implementing training programmes, a manual of procedures and a set of standard operating procedures that enable cooperation and coordination of professionals from various sectors who come into contact with potential victims.

The project will also raise awareness and encourage victims and potential victims, witnesses and bystanders to report violence and seek help through the upgraded services.

The application was submitted under the call for proposals for action grants to support national or transnational projects on multi-agency and multi-disciplinary cooperation to respond to violence against women and/or children, and on tackling under-reporting.

The partners include the Ministry for Education and Employment, the Ministry for Health, the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, the University of Malta and University of Worcester, the Commission on Domestic Violence, the Foundation for Social Welfare Services and the Malta Police Force.

Source: Government of Malta