Women’s rights campaigner Francesca Fenech Conti has called on Adrian Delia to resign as leader of the Nationalist Party after his wife Nickie Vella de Fremeaux accused him of domestic violence in ongoing separation proceedings.
“A person who really loves their children would resign to avoid them being dragged further into all this mess,” Fenech Conti wrote in a public Facebook post. “Nothing should be more important than his children, especially for a man who was always preaching about family values…..practice what you preach, Delia.”
Fenech Conti, who founded the popular women only Facebook group Women for Women, countered sceptics of Nickie Vella de Fremeaux, who have questioned why she didn’t speak out sooner.
“One of the biggest problems with domestic violence, either physical or psychological, is that most people who haven’t experienced it find it very hard to believe that a person can not just walk out and leave,” she wrote. “I can only describe it like being in a deep hole with no footholds to help you climb out but instead loads of barbed wire (shame and stigma) all around. No matter how strong and capable one looks, some situations take incredible courage, strength and the support of many others to manage to escape the abuses in our own homes.”
Delia has dismissed calls for his resignation, arguing they will only strengthen his resolve.