Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

July, 2016

The Representation of Women in the Media Matters

Male violence against women and girls is both a cause and a consequence of women’s inequality. Using a photo of the husband of the first female candidate for President of the United States who secured her party’s nomination is a quintessential example of how the media misrepresents, minimises and obfuscates women’s successes. Media help create more »

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John Nimmo is not a ‘troll’: Defining male violence online

John Nimmo has been charged with sending “a message causing anxiety or distress” at the South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. The charges stem from multiple emails sent to Luciana Berger, the Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree. One email allegedly included this statement: “she is going to get it like Jo Cox did”. Nimmo has been remanded more »

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A cycle of violence: when a woman’s murder is called ‘understandable’ by Laura Bates

I can think of many words to describe the murder of a woman by her own husband. “Understandable” is not one of them. Yet this is the word that Dr Max Pemberton chose to use when he weighed in on Lance Hart’s recent murder of his wife, Claire, and their 19-year old-daughter, Charlotte. Writing in the more »

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Mass murderers have one thing in common – and it’s not a ‘women’s problem’ by @polblonde

Terror, it seems, often starts at home. Whether they are self-proclaimed jihadists or men with a grievance, a pattern is emerging among the mass killers whose murderous rages have claimed so many victims in recent times. A history of grudges against women and a record of domestic violence have been common factors in a number more »

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Dani Mathers and the reality of intimate images shared without consent

By now, everyone will have heard of the incident in which model Dani Mathers took an image of a naked woman in a gym without permission and posted it on her SnapChat with the caption “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”. The media went with the headline ‘body shaming” when they first started covering the more »

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The @BBC and the misuse of scare quotes

Punctuation isn’t usually something we comment on. As a general rule, the words used by media are so inappropriate that commenting on their misuse of scare quotes seems unnecessary. Then we saw this tweet:  We can’t quite work out what the BBC was aiming for with scare quotes around the word killer. Wasim Azeem, the brother more »

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