Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

September, 2017

In the News: rape culture, male violence and victim blaming

Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?, by Azad Essa UN peacekeepers are sent to the most war-ravaged countries on Earth, ostensibly to help them transition to peace. But some stand accused of committing crimes against the very people they are supposed to protect. According to a recent investigation by the Associated Press (AP), between 2004 more »

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(Re) Writing Reality: Voices from the front lines of Male Violence

EVB Press is seeking submission for an edited anthology: (Re) Writing Reality: Voices from the front line of male violence All money raised through sales of this book will be used to support Everyday Victim Blaming. Deadline for Abstracts: October 30,  2017 The purpose of this collection is to explore the intersections between the reality of more »

“Why a gendered approach to supporting women experiencing homelessness is essential”

Homelessness, like domestic and sexualised violence and abuse, is a deeply gendered phenomenon requiring specialist provision from services who understand and support an intersectional approach to ending homelessness, as the article below demonstrates: Women with children in refuge accommodation, living in homeless shelters, sofa-surfing, exchanging sex for a bed or sleeping rough on the streets. more »

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A week of male violence, by Kirsty Strickland

I OFTEN wonder what a feminist newspaper would look like. Not a newspaper for women, with a target audience of only women, but a traditional newspaper which boasted truly feminist credentials in terms of its structure, reporting and coverage. There would be obvious yet relatively minor differences. Women’s sport would be included on parity with more »

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Time to prioritise safety of mothers and children

DISCUSSIONS of child contact and court systems without mentioning domestic abuse are, I believe, akin to climate change policies that ignore human influence: ill-informed and reckless (“Parents deserve a court system that is fair but firm”, The Herald, August 28). The most recent figures suggest that domestic abuse is prevalent in at least half of more »

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Let’s stop romanticising the misguided, possibly dangerous actions of spurned men, by @sianushka

Stunts to win back ex-girlfriends reflect a culture that doesn’t respect women’s safety and autonomy, says Sian Norris On Saturday, the Bristol Post reported the story of how a 34-year-old man was intending to play one of the city’s public pianos in order to “win” back his ex girlfriend. Calling the woman who he’d been more »

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Invisible perpetrators, blameable victims: why is gendered violence still reported this way?

A “spurned lover” who punched his ex-girlfriend, a murderer who had “a sexual interest” in his victim and a “Tinder stabber” have all made headlines in the past week. All those headlines, which are sadly a common response to men’s violence against women, are also a revolting misuse of the power of mainstream media. A more »

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