Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

April, 2017

Scrap the “rape clause” and the “family cap” on social security payments.

We have signed the petition demanding that the government repeal all “family cap” measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Act – including the so-called rape clause (text below). We believe that all the “austerity” measures implemented by the current government (and the former coalition government with the Liberal Democrats) are inherently misogynistic, classist, racist more »

In the News: domestic violence, rape culture and access to justice

This Missouri City Banishes Domestic Violence Survivors for Calling the Police by Sandra Park via @aclu In 2012, the city of Maplewood, Missouri ordered Rosetta Watson to vacate her home. But the city wasn’t done punishing Watson yet and also barred her from living anywhere in the city for six months. Her offense? She called more »

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The “rape clause” – responses from women’s service providers

5 things you need to know about the ‘family cap’ and ‘rape clause’ via Engender In order to understand the so-called ‘rape clause’, first you need to know about the ‘family cap’. This is part of UK Government changes to social security (known as ‘welfare reform’) that limits child benefit and child tax credits to more »

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In the News – domestic violence bill (Scotland), child benefit #rapeclause & tampon tax

Survivors of domestic abuse have helped to frame much-needed bill by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) …. Creation of this new offence will bring clarity for victims so they can see explicitly that what their partner or ex-partner has done to them is wrong and perpetrators will see what they are doing is more »

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