Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

fatal male violence against women and girls


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Complaint regarding BBC Breakfast coverage of the UCSB shooting, Sunday 25th May 2014

To whom it may concern, I wanted to make a complaint regarding the reporting of the UCSB shooting on Saturday 24th May, being reported on BBC Breakfast on Sunday 25th May 2014. I was very angry and disappointed that BBC Breakfast chose to report on this tragic case in a very irresponsible manner, entirely erasing […]

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New CPS Domestic Homicide Guidance

“Last week saw the publication of new legal guidance by the CPS on prosecuting Domestic Homicide. An important step, brought about by extensive discussions with us, the family and friends of Joanna Simpson who was killed by her estranged husband in 2010. Despite preparing a grave beforehand, her killer could be acquitted of murder due […]

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Men’s violence against women & obfuscation by the media

Recently an article was published on the BBC news website called Domestic Violence: One month’s death toll by Alex Morrison. It used the recent conviction of David Gikawa, who murdered Linah Keza last year, to ask how commonplace such crimes actually are. So far, so good. Domestic violence is a huge issue and it is […]

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Who, exactly, is the victim here?

I have read a lot of novels. I like reading. So I may be forgiven for wondering if the Guardian had accidentally published the first page of a novel instead of its article on the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, who shot Reeva Steenkamp dead. Let’s start with the title: “Oscar Pistorius’s emotional apology to […]

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