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Victim Blaming by Police: It’s Women’s Fault for Not Leaving

This tweet was sent to us by a follower:

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We responded with these comments:Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 22.31.21Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 22.31.32Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 22.31.37

Obviously, we had no response from the officer from the Devon and Cornwall police. These were also sent to him. Look at the response he gives and those tweets he ignores:

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This officer clearly has no understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. He doesn't realise that leaving is the most dangerous time for women as it drastically increases the chances of experiencing further physical violence or death.

This is why we advocate training for police be done by specialist service providers. Forces across the UK simply aren't doing enough to challenge victim blaming and it's obvious that top-down training from other officers is simply not good enough. This officer is the last person a woman experiencing domestic violence needs to deal with. He hasn't supported her to be safe - instead, he's told women it's their fault.

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One thought on “Victim Blaming by Police: It’s Women’s Fault for Not Leaving

  • laura says:

    If the victim does manage to leave,it doesn’t mean that,starting from now,she’ll be safe and healing may start.If only it were that easy.The abuser might break the restraining order or he might send his friends,other abusers,to attack her,and they don’t have a restraining order against them.

    Also,the victim might not have practical life skills necessary for surviving in the jungle outside.Abusers cut wings and create codependency in order to forever hold the victim in their power.Shelters do not host a victim forever.Also,there are countries where shelters and laws protecting victims don’t exist.It’s easier to leave a toxic friend.But when the abuser is a parent or a husband,leaving is as dangerous for the victim as much as staying.