Student-led public seminar held on family violence and the law
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A student-led public seminar on family violence and the law was recently organised by the University of Malta’s Faculty of Laws and presided by the President of Malta H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
Students presented some key findings in their research, which raised such questions as: is marital rape a silent crime in Maltese society? Is elder abuse in the family more or less serious than child abuse? What is the relationship between a culturally constructed notion of masculinity, and violence in the family? Which should be punished more strongly: incest or stranger sexual assault?
How prevalent is child to parent violence in Malta? For instance, an issue which raised major concern is the adolescent to mother violence, which remains one of the most hidden forms of family violence and the least researched in Malta.
In her concluding speech, President Coleiro Preca discussed her experience of listening to young people in schools, who openly expressed dissatisfaction with the existing realities in their respective families, and the repercussions these had on their health and personal wellbeing.
The seminar was coordinated by Professor Frances Camilleri-Cassar of the Faculty of Laws.