Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

fatal male violence

In the News – child custody for rapists, stalking, and family annihilators

All male committee decides rapists have rights to see victim’s children by Will Worley A group of all male politicians have rejected a law that would prevent rapists from having parental rights to their victims’ children. Campaigners were left “angry and disappointed” after Maryland’s General Assembly voted against enacting the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. No more »

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Male Violence Is The Worst Problem In The World by @caitlin_roper

A woman is found shot to death in her home. A 21-year-old woman is stabbed dozens of times after breaking up with her boyfriend. A father douses his three young children in petrol and sets them alight. A five-year-old girl is sexually abused by an older family friend. A man walks into a school, movie more »

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Invisible Women by @KirstyStricklan for @WritetoEndVAW The Wooden Spoon Award

This speech was given by Kirsty Strickland for the presentation of the Wooden Spoon Award at the Zero Tolerance Write to End Violence Awards. We are proud to support Zero Tolerance’s work to recognise the importance of quality journalism in the fight to eradicate male violence against women and girls.  … The wooden spoon award. Last year, the wooden more »

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When a Man Kills a Woman by @K_IngalaSmith at openDemocracy

Across everything that divides societies, we share in common that men’s violence against women is normalised, tolerated, justified – and hidden in plain sight. … Men’s fatal violence against women in the UK crosses boundaries of class, race, nationality and age.  Over the last year, the oldest woman killed was 85, 18 were over 60, more »

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Equal rights, different needs by Polly Neate

Yes, men need support for domestic abuse. No, domestic abuse is not gender-neutral. Our Chief Executive Polly Neate blogs on why we can’t treat men and women the same when it comes to domestic abuse We need to encourage all victims of domestic abuse to come forward, writes Michael Malone for the Telegraph. Yes, indeed. Until more »

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The murders of Clodagh Hawe and Megan Short.

There was a tremendous amount of outrage about the appalling media coverage of the murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three sons in September. Unfortunately, this level of grossly inappropriate and inaccurate representation of family annihilators is not an aberration. Mark Short Sr. murdered his wife Megan and their children — 8-year-old Lianna, 5-year-old Mark Jr., and 2-year-old Willow. He also killed the more »

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In the News: Donald Trump, Male Violence, and Misogyny

Despite a clear history of misogyny, racism, classism, homophobia and being the poster boy for toxic hyper-masculinity and male entitlement in a rape culture, a large segment of people seem somewhat shocked by the release of a video from 2005 in which Donald Trump brags about committing sexualised violence. Even more people seem shocked that more »

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MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families, by Sandra Laville

The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said. … MPs were debating research by Women’s Aid which revealed that between 2005 and 2015, 19 children in 12 families were killed by violent fathers who had more »

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Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence Homicides*: Sex Differences April 2012 – March 2015 (3 years)

Domestic Homicide or Intimate Partner Homicide? The ONS defines domestic homicide as including the following: spouse, cohabiting partner, boyfriends/girlfriend, ex-spouse/ex-co-habiting partner, ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, adulterous relationship, lover’s spouse and emotional-rival as well as son/daughter, parent (including step and adopted relationships), which is broader than the generally understood partner or ex-partner to more closely align with the government definition of more »

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REST IN PEACE, INVISIBLE WOMAN by LINNEA DUNNE

Five people die in Cavan, and in the days to come, Irish newspapers are full of questions. “Why did he do it?” asks one national daily, picturing a man and his three sons. “How could he kill those poor boys?” asks another. It is almost immediately clear that the father, Mr Hawe, has stabbed the more »

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