Everyday Victim Blaming

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Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims

Despite leaving her abusive partner over a year ago, Nicky* and her son still share one bedroom in a women’s refuge.

It isn’t somewhere she would choose to live and it's certainly not where she wants to raise her child. But since fleeing her relationship, finding somewhere to move on a permanent basis has been impossible.

Nicky’s case isn’t an isolated one. Overcoming housing barriers is one of the most significant problems faced by women and families recovering from a life of domestic abuse. The Finding the Cost of Freedom: How women live their lives after domestic freedom report published by charity Solace Women’s Aid found that 62 per cent of women leaving refuge centres are housed in temporary accommodation. Of these women, five per cent will return to their abusive partners as an alternative to homelessness. ...


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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. We are particularly pleased to note that this article includes the number of the National Domestic Violence Helpline as well as information on how to spot domestic violence and access support.

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