IVY (Interrupting Violence Towards Youth), in partnership with the St Jeanne Antide Foundation, has launched a thought-provoking book aimed at readers aged 14 to 16 and which will be distributed for free across Malta and Gozo through local youth groups, schools and youth centres.
The book, available in Maltese and English, explores the world of healthy relationships through a collection of engaging short stories. Beyond portraying various relationship dynamics, it provides guidance on self-worth and how to access support for building happier, safer and more positive relationships.
IVY is a platform that takes a bold stance against domestic and intimate partner violence affecting young adults locally. The team is made up of survivors and young adults with specialised backgrounds in criminology and social work, who have created a safe platform for anyone experiencing violence, emphasising the importance of speaking out and seeking support.
Erica Micallef Filletti, a criminologist and IVY leader, who played a pivotal role in developing the guidance pages within the book, said: “Our aim with this book is to create a safe and empowering space for young individuals who may be facing violence. We want to help them understand the dynamics of healthy relationships, recognise their self-worth, and encourage them to seek the support they need.”
The project has received endorsements from leading experts in the field.
The IVY initiative received funding from the BeActive Scheme 2023, managed by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, with publication rights owned by the St Jeanne Antide Foundation IVY.
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