Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

fatal male violence against women and girls

.@TheAge neglects some crucial information in headline: murder

Australian Andrew Klaussner, 40 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling partner  Elizabeth Barnes, 39, on September 26, 2013. You would not realize that Klaussner committed murder  from the original title and tweets used by The Age who went with this headline: Klaussner killed Barnes. He then left her body lying on more »

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Lost without translation

(cross-posted with permission from Language: A Feminist Guide) In Melbourne in 2007, Marzieh Rahimi, a 33-year Dari-speaking woman who had come to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan, was killed by her husband Soltan Azizi. He had a history of violence towards her, and before her death she had made two calls to the emergency services. But more »

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When is a murder not a murder?

The news reported today that police are looking for the suspected killer of a pregnant woman who was stabbed to death in Bradford. The police released the following statement: “While the murder investigation is at an early stage we are treating this as a domestic-related incident.” A domestic incident. In my book, a domestic incident more »

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Why Do We Believe Such Terrible Things About Men?

In the article ‘Why do we believe such terrible things about men that can’t be true?’, published yesterday in the Telegraph, Neil Lyndon responds to articles discussing statistics that show that one in three women is subjected to sexual violence, and that femicide is a leading cause of premature death for women by arguing that, more »

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Our campaign demands for the General Election

These are the 6 issues we will be raising with the various political parties and our individual MPs. Some of these issues will be easy to implement – such as the insistence that no woman ever be denied support due to migration status – others requirement serious commitment by political parties to ending male violence more »

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The Art of Discussing Dead Women

Popular folklore has it, that Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, and the Sami speakers of Norway have over a thousand words for, ‘reindeer.* Snow and reindeer play central roles in their culture so we are very ready to believe this. As it turns out, the Inuits actually make artful use of suffixes attached more »

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ANOTHER DEPOLITICISED REPORT ON MALE SEXUAL PREDATION OF FEMALES

Yet another independent report stating the obvious that male sexual predation upon female children and young women is a pandemic and not just happening in one or two cities in the UK. However, this report like previous reports on the issue of male sexual predation of female children has been depoliticised because apparently it is more »

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What motives for violence are we prepared to acknowledge and what do we avoid?

7 October US (Detroit) Shooting: 1 dead, 5 injured, 2 critically 22 October Canada (Ottawa) Shooting: 2 dead 25 October US (Seattle) Shooting: 2 dead, 4 injured, 3 critically (all teens) I would bet that you know all about the Canada shooting, in part of course this may arise from the fact that there have more »

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The Power of Derailing Political Discussions about Male Violence

This morning we received a link to a Jezebel article entitled “Woman Shot and Killed After Refusing to Give Man Her Phone Number” from @ma_franks. 27-year old Mary “Unique” Spears was shot to death for refusing to give out her phone number to a man. The unnamed (as of yet) suspect shot Spears three times and more »

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When Women and Girls Are Attacked by Men, We Blame Everything Except Male Violence

(Cross-posted with permission from Crates N Ribbons) Last Tuesday night, two teenage girls from India went out into the fields, looking for a place to relieve themselves, due to the lack of toilets in their village. On their way, they were brutally attacked by a group of men, gang-raped, and murdered. Their bodies were found the next day more »

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