Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

How Many More Women Like Alice Ruggles Have To Die Before We Learn Our Lesson? by Polly Neate

This morning, I appeared on Woman’s Hour, discussing the depiction of male violence against women in popular culture - notably Big Littles Lies, in which we are confronted with a complex and nuanced portrayal of an abusive relationship.

But for centuries, I argued, we have been eroticising male violence against women - and this is still the case today. Against that backdrop, the way women reporting abuse are treated, and the way real-life abuse against women is reported, easily slips into patterns of blame, objectification and minimisation. Crucially, powerful stereotypes that reinforce the apparent inevitability of men’s violence and women’s victimisation also impact on a woman’s own understanding of what constitutes abuse. This is deeply, deeply dangerous.

Yesterday, Trimaan Dhillon was given a life sentence for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Alice Ruggles. Alice was just 24-years-old when he broke into her home, and slashed her throat. ...


This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on 24.7.17. You can find the full text 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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