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Plans to extend shelters for domestic abuse victims

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The House human rights committee said on Monday that recent programmes and measures will help ensure that women who face domestic violence will receive support from the state.

President of the committee, Mariella Aristidou, hailed the ‘Woman’s House’ shelter and programme, which she said has so far assisted in 32 cases in the last month.

Speaking after the committee meeting, she said efforts are underway to expand the programme and provide shelters in each district and increase outreach.

Aristidou also praised the move to set up a dedicated unit to handle such cases, which will be comprised of professionals such as psychologists, social workers and carers.

Addressing the increased pressure faced by some women locked inside with abusive partners during the pandemic, Aristidou said: “we are sending the message that there are facilities to support each woman who is in need.”

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