A woman has been granted bail after being charged with physically abusing her husband.
The 55-year-old woman, whose name cannot be published by court order, pleaded not guilty to the accusations. The charges come after the man filed a police report saying he had been violently abused.
However, the victim’s lawyers Matthew Xuereb and Umberto Borg Cardona said that he didn’t want his wife to be sent to prison. The couple has one daughter together.
The woman’s defence lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camillieri said they hoped the pair could reconcile, describing the situation as “heartbreaking”.
Magistrate Neville Camilleri released the woman on bail against a deposit of €2,500 and a personal guarantee of €5,000 and has banned her from contacting her husband. She must also sign a bail book at a police station three times a week.
A recent study by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency found that Maltese people in general are less likely to report domestic violence if the perpetrator was a woman.
Maltese respondents are the least willing Europeans to take action by filing a police report, provide evidence in court or speak out when witnessing domestic violence crime.
From 1,004 face-to-face interviews conducted in Malta in 2019, just over a third (34%) were ready to intervene when witnessing a man hitting a woman. The figure dropped to around half, (17%) if respondents witnessed a woman hitting a man.