The myths our legal system buys into about perpetrators of domestic violence by Kasey Edwards
One of the most persistent and dangerous myths of domestic violence is that the perpetrators are good men who made ONE bad choice because their wife pushed them too far. It's a neat little way of excusing male violence and rather unsubtly hinting that the female victims were the problem all along.
A recent study into judiciary sentencing of domestic violence perpetrators shows this myth has an alarming level of acceptance at even the highest levels of our legal system. The study, published in the latest edition of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, looked at judges' sentencing remarks for cases of both men and women who had murdered their domestic partners between 2002 and 2010 in Victoria and New South Wales. ...
This article by Kasey Edwards was originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 17.8.16. You can find the full text of the article here.
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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