Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Domestic Abuse

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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In the News: domestic violence, rape culture and access to justice

This Missouri City Banishes Domestic Violence Survivors for Calling the Police by Sandra Park via @aclu In 2012, the city of Maplewood, Missouri ordered Rosetta Watson to vacate her home. But the city wasn’t done punishing Watson yet and also barred her from living anywhere in the city for six months. Her offense? She called more »

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In the News – domestic violence bill (Scotland), child benefit #rapeclause & tampon tax

Survivors of domestic abuse have helped to frame much-needed bill by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) …. Creation of this new offence will bring clarity for victims so they can see explicitly that what their partner or ex-partner has done to them is wrong and perpetrators will see what they are doing is more »

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Valid excuses for fatal male violence: love

Jay Nava, a soldier, was being investigated by the police for sexual assault. Natasha Wake had not known about the allegation (for which Nava was not charged) prior to the evening of her murder. The Telegraph coverage implies that the “bitter and acrimonious” argument that evening resulted in murder – as though being angry at more »

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Mustafa Bashir given no jail time for forcing his wife to drink bleach.

UPDATE: Mustafa Bashir has now been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the crime of lying to the court about his cricket career using a “slip rule” which allows a judge to re-sentence a perpetrator if new information came to light. In this case. forcing a woman to drink bleach is less important than more »

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Edinburgh Evening News and the misuse of ‘dumped’

The erasure of perpetrator responsibility in domestic violence and abuse is standard across much of mainstream media. Very rarely do we see a headline that says “man sentenced to 6 years for assault”. Instead, we repeatedly see the words “jilted” and “spurned” used as though it were perfectly rational and reasonable to commit assault because more »

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Domestic abuse services hang by a thread – we can’t waste any more money by Polly Neate

The £20m domestic abuse fund, announced by the government on International Women’s Day, is so desperately needed that of course it’s to be welcomed. Frankly, it came not a moment too soon. On the ground, despite successive injections of government funds, the situation facing domestic abuse services is reaching breaking point. Much like domestic abuse itself more »

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