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Government Policies


Information in a number of languages about Austria's Violence Protection Act is available here


The French government announced its third national action plan to combat violence against women (2011-2013) in April 2011.  Read about it here.

Many French ministerial departments are signatories of the Convention pour l’égalité entre les filles et les garçons, les femmes et les hommes, dans le système éducatif (Agreement for equality between girls and boys, mean and women in the education system).


'Greater Protection in Cases of Domestic Violence' provides information on the German Act on Protection against Violence.


Malta's Domestic Violence Act can be found here.


The homepage of the Intervention Centre against Domestic Violence contains information in a number of languages about Swiss initiatives and systems.

United Kingdom

In March 2011 the UK Home Office launched an action plan to end violence against women and girls (VAWG).  Read more.

Domestic Violence Prevalence


L'enquête nationale sur les violences envers les femmes en France (Enveff)

The first nationwide study concerning violence against women in France, was published in 2001. This report helped the French state, the NGO and citizens to discover the alarming reality of the domestic violence issue in France.

Statistics on Domestic and Physical Sexual Violence

Since 2001, France's Observatoire Nationale de la délinquance et des réponses pénales (ONDRP) publishes an annual report on the number of victims of death in violent relationships.

Read the report in French or English.


Health, Well-Being and Personal Safety of Women in Germany - A Representative Study of Violence Against Women in Germany

This study (2004), commissioned by Germany's Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth aims to bridge the current information gaps as to the extent of violence against women and the need for action and concrete assistance.  The study thus creates an empirical basis for goal-oriented measures and strategies for reducing gender based violence, and improving assistance and support for women experiencing abuse.

Read the full report of the study here


Commission on Domestic Violence

A nationwide research study on the prevalence of domestic violence against women in Malta and its impact on their employment prospects (ESF 3.43 Dignity for Domestic Violence Survivors).

For more information, contact the Maltese Commission on Domestic Violence, part of the Ministry of Education, Employment & Family:

Palazzo Ferreria, 310 Republic Street,
Valletta VLT 2000, MALTA
Telephone: (+356) 2590 3100
Fax: (+356) 2590 3121

Women's Questionnaire

Read the survey on women’s health and life events in the Maltese Islands.


National Statistical Information on Domestic Violence

Statistical information and reports are available in English from Spain's Department for Gender Violence, Spanish Ministry for Social Affairs, Health & Equality

English material is available from the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary.  Observatory of GBV and Domestic Violence.


Reports from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention

Two reports are available from this agency: Men's violence against women, honour-related violence and repression and violence in same-sex relationships, and Partner violence against women and men.

United Kingdom

Report on Partner Exploitation and Violence in Teenage Intimate Relationships

A landmark research report from the University of Bristol and the NSPCC (September 2009).

Read more

UK Home Office Statistical Bulletin Supplement

The Home Office has recently released a supplementary statistical bulletin, the Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2009/10: Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10 2nd Edition.

Read more

Organisations Working Specifically with Children and Young People


L'Enfant Bleu (Blue Child) is an NGO supporting  children and adults who have been abused in their childhood. Blue Child proposes prevention actions in primary schools and training for social and educational workers, and operates a national helpline.

For 30 years, Enfance et Partage has protected and defended children who are victims of violence, and promoted children’s rights.  A national helpline service is available.

Created in 1981, La voix de l'enfant (The Child's Voice) is a network of 76 organisations (counselling centres, training centres, associations, etc).  Its aim is to listen and defend every child in trouble.

For 20 years, the Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes has listened to, protected and helped women who are victims of domestic violence, and their children.  The FNSF has a network of 65 shelters and counselling centres in France, and operates a national helpline.

La Maison des Droits et Enfants (MDDE) is a place for young people to be informed about their rights.  The psychologists and the jurists of this organisation provide prevention education in schools (eg a "mini-trial").


The Commission on Domestic Violence was set up under Article 3 of the Domestic Violence Act (Chapter 481) on March 1, 2006. The main role of the Commission is that of advising the Minister responsible for social policy on all aspects of Domestic Violence.

The Domestic Violence Unit within Agenzija Appogg aims to provide quality social work service to adults and their children suffering abuse in family and intimate relationships. Aġenzija Appoġġ forms part of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services. The Agency has as its ultimate aim the enhancement of the lives of people in need, through the provision and availability of professional care and support.

Set up in 2007, the People for Change Foundation is structured into six specialized institutes. The People for Change Foundation’s mission is to undertake research, advocacy and proactive action to promote social cohesion, respect for Human Rights and empowerment also for children and youths.

Inspire, the Foundation for Inclusion, is the creation of two leading NGOs working in the disability sector in Malta. The Eden Foundation and the Razzett tal-Hbiberija have recently joined forces to help over 1000 children and adults with learning and physical disabilities across their 5 centres in Malta and Gozo.


Federación de Asociaciones para la Prevención del Maltrato Infantil (FAPMI) integrates people and NGOs that support children and young people that have been abused. It also promotes child protection and develops different programmes and actions to prevent violence against children and young girls, and promotes children's rights.

Quiero crecer, Asociación para el desarrollo de la salud mental en la infancia y la juventud. Quiero Crecer is a non-profit organisation that provides several services to do with psychological intervention, training, assessment, diagnosis and research.

Fundación ANAR is an NGO that provides support to children and young people who are victims or witnesses of any kind of violence. It also develops specific actions directed at children and young people at risk of exclusion. One of its main services is a free national helpline to support children, young people and adults who are involved in violent relationships.

Fundación Diagrama is a non-profit organisation that is working in the field of the psychosocial intervention with children and young people, specifically with young offenders and young people in high risk of exclusion.

Asociación Murciana de Apoyo a la Infancia Maltratada (AMAIM) provides help in reporting child abuse cases and consultancy services to victims. AMAIM also develops programmes and campaigns to prevent violence against children and to promote their rights.

Mensajeros de la Paz is a Spanish NGO that works in many different countries. It provides support for people in risk of exclusion, setting different strategies to pay specific attention to children, young people, but also to female victims of domestic violence, and elderly people.

United Kingdom

Barnardo's is a UK-based children's charity that works to assist children who have been subjected to sexual exploitation, poverty, disability and domestic abuse.  This is done through campaigns, workshops involving children, and extensive research.

The Hideout was created by Women's Aid.  It is a website intended for child and teenage victims or witnesses of domestic abuse.  It contains games, quizzes and information to help better understand what domestic abuse is and how to overcome its traumatic effects.

The Cedar Network works with children, young people, and their mothers, to help them recover from domestic abuse.  The organisation runs 12-week programs to help the victims understand their feelings about what happened to them.

NSPCC is a UK charity that works with at-risk children to protect them and help them recover from traumatic experiences.  It also works with adults to guide them so they are better equipped to assist these children.