Sem­i­nar for lawyers on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

“Lawyers work in a very dy­namic envi- ron­ment where hu­man con­tact is highly per­sonal. Most lawyers be­come their clients’ con­fi­dants es­pe­cially when it comes to per­sonal and fa­mil­iar mat­ters and as such, they need to be equipped with the right train­ing and ca­pa­bil­i­ties on how to ap­proach and deal with hu­man cases es­p­cially with such a del­i­cate is­sue as abuse,” said Dr Louis de Gabriele, pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber of Ad­vo­cates.

Dr de Gabriele said this in re­ac­tion to Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud’s call that lawyers need train­ing on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases.

“The Cham­ber of Ad­vo­cates is fully aware of the chal­lenges and the im­por­tance for lawyers to have more aware­ness of so­cial cases to be able to han­dle clients with par­tic­u­lar prob­lems. In fact, the Cham­ber has been work­ing closely with the Com­mis­sion on Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and gen­der-based vi­o­lence and to­gether with the Com­mis­sion, we have al­ready an­nounced a sem­i­nar for lawyers to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions in­volved when deal­ing with cases of do­mes­tic and gen­der-based vi­o­lence.”

The af­ter­noon sem­i­nar on 5 De­cem­ber will be held at the Cham­ber of Ad­vo­cates’ con­fer­ence hall within the Courts of Jus­tice be­tween 2 and 4pm. It will be ad­dressed by three key speak­ers namely Maria Man­gion, Ap­poġġ leader of Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ser­vices, Dr Joan Camil­leri, manag­ing psy­chol­o­gist at Men­tal Health Ser­vices and Dr Clarissa Sam­mut Scerri, head of De­part­ment in the Fac­ulty of So­cial Well­be­ing at the Univer­sity of Malta.

The train­ing fo­cus will be on the work of the lawyer, par­tic­u­larly when rep­re­sent­ing a client who has been abused and also when rep­re­sent­ing a vic­tim. The first part of the train­ing will dis­cuss the emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact of gen­der-based vi­o­lence as well as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on the vic­tims. The sec­ond part will dis­cuss the ex­pe­ri­ence of the child and the im­pact of re­fer­ral to car­ing pro­fes­sion­als on the line of de­fence.

The event is free of charge but those in­ter­ested to at­tend need to reg­is­ter by send­ing an email to [email protected]

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