The new Act on Gender-Based Violence and Domestic Violence provides for the substantive articles of the Council of Europe Convention on prevention and combating of violence against women and domestic violence (‘Istanbul Convention’) to be enforceable as part of the Laws of Malta; to promote and protect the right of everyone; to repeal the Domestic Violence Act (Chapter 481 of the Laws of Malta) and the Act on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (Chapter 532 of the Laws of Malta) and introduces amendments to various laws.
The Act is intended to regulate cohabitants by introducing rights and duties depending on the status of the cohabitants. It introduces three different forms of cohabitation, that is, de facto cohabitation, cohabitation by means of a contract between the parties and cohabitation by means of a unilateral declaration.
Amendments made to the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act listing fourteen rights rendering the said rights enforceable. Amendments also strengthen the KNPD’s regulatory role to ensure that the rights of persons with a disability are safeguarded