As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, marketing services company Communiqué recently made available its expertise to the Commission on Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence. It also implemented a campaign aimed at addressing the heightened incidence of domestic violence within local families in the context of the stay-at-home scenario as a result of COVID-19.

The campaign, which focussed on highlighting the availability of the 179 helpline for victims of domestic violence, includes posters at bus shelters around the island, as well as messages carried on Malta’s major online news portals.

Commenting on the campaign, Communiqué managing director Bernice Micallef said that statistics indicating higher levels of domestic violence in local households reflected growing tensions within these households.

“This has not only rendered more vulnerable the members of families which had already been subjected to the reality of domestic violence but it was also creating tensions in families where such traits had hitherto not been evident,” Micallef said.

She added that experience working on another EU campaign entitled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence’ had indicated that women affected by domestic violence were not only Maltese- or English-speaking and, therefore, the 179 awareness campaign was designed to include messages in Italian, French, German, Serbian and Filipino.

Two of the campaign messages are aimed at empowering women to call the freephone for support, while the third message encourages the perpetrators to stop the violence. Communiqué’s creatives have developed powerful visuals which highlight the trauma of domestic violence. Micallef said that this campaign would not have been possible without the efforts made together with the team from the Commission on Gender Based Violence and Domestic Violence and the support of companies such as Faces, Paza, Mapfre Middlesea, as well as news portals,,,,,, and

She augured that the campaign would encourage the victims of domestic violence to pluck up the courage to turn to the 179 helpline for support and that these victims would be given all possible help in coping with their predicament.

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