Domestic violence commissioner to step down 'for personal reasons'

Simone Azzopardi has been serving as domestic violence commissioner for 17 months since October 2018

Simone Azzopardi (Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)
Simone Azzopardi (Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)

Domestic violence commissioner Simone Azzopardi will be stepping down from her role for personal reason, the government said on Saturday.

She will continue serving in this role until a new commissioner is appointed, though a government statement on Saturday did not say when this will happen.

Azzopardi has been serving as commissioner for 17 months, being made commissioner in October 2018. The former ONE TV journalist was praised for her work by equality minister Edward Zammit Lewis and parliamentary secretary Rosianne Cutajar.

"She worked very closely with victims and helped the Commission move closer to voluntary organisations that work in this sector," a government statement read on Saturday.

The Commission has had its budget increased by 75% and will be implementing a strategy against gender-based violence drafted in line with the Istanbul Convention, an international agreement to strengthen provisions against domestic violence.