Għabex Emergency Shelter

Mission Statement

The Għabex Emergency Shelter is committed to provide a safe environment to women and their children suffering violence in family and intimate relationships as well as women victims of Human Trafficking.

The Service

The Għabex Emergency Shelter was set up in October 2000. Its aim is to provide an immediate safe environment to female victims of domestic violence and their children, who require immediate protection. The shelter programme is based on the belief that women and children have a right to protection from violence and abuse and that any woman, regardless of socio-economic background, status and age may be subjected to abuse. The service offers a setting conducive to self healing to women and their children who suffer emotional, physical, sexual and any other form of domestic violence.

The women's stay at the shelter is aimed at a maximum period of three months, after which service users will move on to a second stage shelter, or to any alternative accommodation that would have been identified during their stay at Għabex. During these three months, staff at Għabex support the women in their daily needs, and will also work with them to draw up an action plan for their future.

Aims & Objectives

  • to provide 24-hour crisis intervention to women suffering violence in intimate and family relationships;
  • to provide safe refuge to women and children requiring emergency and temporary shelter in a safe environment; 
  • to provide professional support that includes social work intervention, case reviews and other individual work;
  • to women and children leaving abusive relationships so that they may begin; 
  • to deal with the effects of abuse and work towards making concrete plans for the future; 
  • to provide a non-judgmental service that respects women's right to self-determination; 
  • to help empower women and to support them in the decisions that they make; 
  • to increase women's and children's awareness of the dynamics and adverse effects of violence and to help them understand that abuse is neither acceptable nor justified; 
  • to help women establish links with other community resources; 
  • to join efforts with other agencies who address family violence to provide a more holistic service and coordinated response to persons suffering abuse; 
  • to network closely with other shelters so as to ensure the best utilisation of services for the maximum benefit of service users;
  • to promote a society with zero tolerance to violence.