Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

coercive control

REST IN PEACE, INVISIBLE WOMAN by LINNEA DUNNE

Five people die in Cavan, and in the days to come, Irish newspapers are full of questions. “Why did he do it?” asks one national daily, picturing a man and his three sons. “How could he kill those poor boys?” asks another. It is almost immediately clear that the father, Mr Hawe, has stabbed the more »

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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. more »

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We are blind to an epidemic of domestic abuse by @polblonde

When Helen Titchener stabbed her domineering husband in an episode of The Archers last weekend, it seemed as though everyone wanted to talk about domestic abuse. People who had never heard of “coercive control”, the kind of behaviour Helen has been subjected to in the long-running Radio 4 series, suddenly wanted to know what it was. more »

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North Wales Police are confused about who’s responsible for domestic violence

North Wales Police comms officers clearly haven’t been paying attention to any training (if they’ve even had any) on domestic violence and who the perpetrators actually are: Blaming victims for the behaviour of perpetrators does not increase confidence that the police will deal with domestic violence with compassion or understanding. This tweet demonstrates a clear more »

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Women only matter as possessions of important men.

This is just a sample of some of the appalling misrepresentations of male violence sent to us this week.   Here we have Court News UK reinforcing the belief that violence against women only matters if the woman is a possession of an important or wealthy male:  Note that Court News implies that Fiona Brenninkmeyer more »

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Man abducts 18-year-old Tinder date from the streets to make a point about online dating

A YouTube ‘prankster’ has abducted an 18 year old girl he met on the dating app Tinder to make a point about online dating. The Metro coverage of this incident suggests its “on the extreme side”. This ”prankster’ has stalked the daughter of a friend online and then he and another male dressed in balaclavas grabbed her more »

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Scottish Government Consultation on Domestic Abuse & Sexual Offences

The Scottish government is currently holding a consultation on proposed changes to the domestic abuse and sexual offences laws. We have reproduced the executive summary below. The consultation closes on June 19th. Details on how to respond are available here. Executive Summary This consultation seeks views on a number of issues relating to how the more »

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“Go From Victim to Survivor”

We have a number of concerns about this poster. Firstly, the idea of moving from a victim to a survivor implies there is a correct, linear path that women must travel down before they are ‘fixed’ and that this must happen within a specific time frame. The implication is that a woman who does not more »

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Domestic Violence in 50 Shades of Grey

On 12th February, Karen Ingala Smith, in partnership with Women’s Aid, will launch The Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed By Men, at a conference in London.  Meanwhile, less than two miles away, hundreds of fans will be gathering for the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey – the film-adaptation of EL James’ highly successful novel.  The two events might seem unconnected.  But for practitioners, those who are aware of domestic abuse more »

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