Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Domestic Abuse

Coercive control: How can you tell whether your partner is emotionally abusive?, by Radhika Sanghani

There is a growing awareness around the signs of coercive control – the emotional and psychological abuse of a partner, through threats and restrictions, as well as physical violence. This raised profile is thanks, in part, to last year’s storyline in The Archers – involving Helen Titchener and her emotionally abusive husband Rob. The BBC Radio 4 soap was following a new law on more »

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Blaming victims of male violence just reinforces the abuse, by @vonny_bravo

WHEN I think of how we respond to female victims, I think of the Victorians. Specifically of their approach to mourning, particularly in respect to women in the upper classes. When someone died – a parent, a husband a child – women partook in a complex set of rituals that dictated everything from their dress more »

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Rising violence against women gives voters stark choice, by Dawn Foster

Take Theresa May at her word: judge the Tory record on housing and cuts to domestic violence services that have left thousands of women more at risk  In 2008, a Conservative MP launched a policy called fair play on equal pay, claiming the party was willing to take action on the gender pay gap if more »

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In the news: male violence, family courts, and child sexual exploitation

Party leaders’ response to questions from women’s groups on ending abuse published from EVAW Judge vows to ban domestic abusers from cross-examining victims in his court by Owen Bowcott … Mr Justice Hayden pledged, in a judgment that described how a mother suffered at the hands of a violent husband who beat her and threatened to kill more »

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A woman and 2 children are murdered. The media reports about John Lennon’s former flat.

A woman and 2 children have been murdered in what the police are once again calling “a domestic incident” – as though murder were nothing more than an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes. The continuing inability of the police to be clear about the reality of male violence against women and more »

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In the news: Bresha Meadows, Poverty, and FGM

Bresha Meadows, teen who killed allegedly abusive dad, given second chance  via @blackvoices Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old who fatally shot her father in his sleep last summer, pleaded true to a charge of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, ending a legal ordeal that began over nine months earlier. “This is a good child,” her attorney, Ian more »

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Supervised Visitation Hurting Children Helping Abusers: Erring on the Side of Risking Children

Our campaign was founded in response to media coverage of two events: The ‘Oxford gang case’ in which vulnerable girls were blamed for the sexual exploitation and the murder of Matthew and Carla Stevenson by their father on the very first unsupervised contact he had been given because of his long history of violence against more »

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In the News: women’s right to vote, elderly perpetrators, and CSA

A Woman’s Right to Vote via @womensaid When people learn that domestic abuse can deny a woman her right to vote, they can hardly believe it. But it’s true: the provisions for anonymous registration on the electoral roll exclude many domestic abuse survivors. With support, however, it is possible for some to exercise their democratic more »

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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 more »

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Police told to ‘stop pushing responsibility’ for domestic violence prosecutions onto victims

Police forces are allowing perpetrators of domestic violence to escape justice by “pushing responsibility” for prosecutions on to victims, rather than building cases themselves, the police watchdog has warned. Officers need to “get on with their jobs” and track down evidence so they can pursue cases against offenders without relying on vulnerable victims to provide more »

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