Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, men do by @SWACEO

At Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA), we have long been aware of the rise in police-recorded domestic abuse around Old Firm games, and we welcome Police Scotland’s commitment to proactive policing and to preventing crime. We have some significant anxiety, however, about the current initiative in Glasgow and about the messages coming from both police and media about domestic abuse and its relationship to football. A focus on police-reported “incidents” at one point in time misrepresents domestic abuse as we define it in Scotland, as offenders perpetrate it, and as women and children experience it.

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.



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