Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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The erasure of Claire and Charlotte Hart by the media

This letter was written by Paula Cleary in response to an article by journalist Amy Collett in the Fenland Citizen. Cleary originally posted this letter on her Facebook page and has asked for it be shared widely to honour the lives of Claire and Charlotte Hart who were murdered on the 19th of July in more »

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The @BBC and the misuse of scare quotes

Punctuation isn’t usually something we comment on. As a general rule, the words used by media are so inappropriate that commenting on their misuse of scare quotes seems unnecessary. Then we saw this tweet:  We can’t quite work out what the BBC was aiming for with scare quotes around the word killer. Wasim Azeem, the brother more »

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“Why doesn’t she just leave?” 5 subtle ways women are blamed for experiencing domestic abuse

This article is cross-posted with permission from writer Woman as Subject. Having worked with survivors of domestic abuse for many years, I am still shocked at the way in which society continues to blame women for the violence and abuse they suffer at the hands of men. This tendency to minimise or justify male violence more »

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Million Women Rise – #WhyWeRise

We can not attend the Million Women Rise march today but we stand in solidarity with the women marching in Central London. We can end male violence against women and girls within in the UK and globally. This includes state sanctioned violence, such as the so-called ‘austerity’ cuts, discriminatory government policies, poorly trained police, social more »

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“2 dead in Warner Robins Valentine’s Day domestic dispute”

Whilst our campaign is UK focused, we do cover appalling misrepresentations of domestic and sexual violence and abuse internationally. This particular article is from a US publication that includes every single thing that is wrong about media coverage of cases of murder-suicide starting with the fact that it refers to murder as a “domestic dispute”. As 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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Murder is NOT a ‘domestic incident’

Geraldine Newman was murdered along side her two children Shannon (11) and Shane (6). Two days later the body of Paul Newman, father of Shannon and Shane, was found in North Wales. Police believe Paul committed suicide after killing his ex-wife and children. The police have also claimed this was a “domestic incident”. The murder of more »

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