Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

EVB Analysis

General Election 2017: The importance of tactical voting to end the Tory Government

Our campaign has consistently made the same demands of all political parties at local, regional, mayoral, national and EU elections: ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence and abuse services, predicated on an intersectional understanding of the gendered reality of male violence recognising the specific vulnerabilities of women with insecure immigration status, women living in more »

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Edinburgh Evening News: When a Perpetrators’ Career is more important than Sexual Assault

Sebastian Trotter was pled guilty to sexual assault and was placed on the sex register for six months, given a six-month offender’s supervision order, and ordered to pay the victim £500. The Edinburgh Evening News used this headline: “Newly-wed accountant’s career in ruins after sex attack”. Following complaints on twitter, the article heading was switched to more »

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The reality of male violence against women and girls. (Or, why the legal system is not fit for purpose)

5 cases from 5 jurisdictions demonstrating how unfit for purpose most legal jurisdictions are in dealing with male violence against women and girls. Mustafa Bashir  received a suspended sentence for domestic violence that included physical assaults with a cricket bat and forcing his wife to drink bleach because his wife was deemed ‘not vulnerable’ by more »

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Mustafa Bashir given no jail time for forcing his wife to drink bleach.

UPDATE: Mustafa Bashir has now been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the crime of lying to the court about his cricket career using a “slip rule” which allows a judge to re-sentence a perpetrator if new information came to light. In this case. forcing a woman to drink bleach is less important than more »

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Tax credit ‘rape clause’ legislation – our stance

Ignoring the very salient facts that austerity cuts, such as the limit on tax credits, will disproportionately impact women and children forcing them into poverty, and the fact that reproductive coercion is a tool used by male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, demanding women disclose their experiences of rape to a bureaucrat who has more »

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Edinburgh Evening News and the misuse of ‘dumped’

The erasure of perpetrator responsibility in domestic violence and abuse is standard across much of mainstream media. Very rarely do we see a headline that says “man sentenced to 6 years for assault”. Instead, we repeatedly see the words “jilted” and “spurned” used as though it were perfectly rational and reasonable to commit assault because more »

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Adam Johnson: “besotted” and the implication of contributory negligence in child sexual abuse

Adam Johnson, who was convicted for child sexual abuse, has lost his challenge to the Court of Appeals. He will continue to serve 5 years for the sexual assault of a teenage girls. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was found in possession of extreme pornography. It is very clear that Johnson used his more »

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Man arrested for racially-aggravated sexual assault. BBC headline gets confused with a carry-on film.

Due to the limited number of characters allowed by the BBC informal complaints, we have sent the following about the conviction of city lawyer Alistair Main:   Alistair Main has been convicted of one count of racially-aggravated assault and one of sexual assault. You minimise his criminal act of racialised sexual violence in your headline more »

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Custody in Crisis – Family Courts enabling and supporting abusive fathers.

Salon has published a searing indictment of the family courts in the US investigating the frequency with which violent fathers are given sole custody of their children despite documented medical evidence of physical and sexual abuse. It examines the role that “parental alienation syndrome” – something that the American Psychological Association does not recognise – more »

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