Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse


Besotted vs Controlling

The Northern Echo published an article on March 15th with the headline “Besotted Darlington man behind bars after terrifying campaign against partner” The article was promptly challenged by Professor Nicole Westmarland who asked them to change the word ‘besotted’ to ‘controlling’. The online edition was updated very quickly. They also added a link to Women’s […]

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“Mr Andrews now realises, in hindsight, that his actions were inappropriate and misguided.”

According to the Hull Daily Mail, former Humberside Police chief superintendent Colin Andrews was recently: “convicted by a jury of witness intimidation, aggravated stalking, harassment and assault in January following a six-week trial at Manchester Crown Court. He was cleared of further charges of rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another assault.”. The public apology, […]

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Domestic Violence in 50 Shades of Grey

On 12th February, Karen Ingala Smith, in partnership with Women’s Aid, will launch The Femicide Census: Profiles of Women Killed By Men, at a conference in London.  Meanwhile, less than two miles away, hundreds of fans will be gathering for the UK premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey – the film-adaptation of EL James’ highly successful novel.  The two events might seem unconnected.  But for practitioners, those who are aware of domestic abuse […]

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Police and Domestic Violence: What we’re not talking about

Media coverage of the two unnamed police officers who referred to a woman who was experiencing domestic violence as a ‘fucking slag’ and a ‘bitch’ in a conversation recorded by her voicemail has been intense. Much of it has been very clear about issues with the first investigation made by West Midlands Police which led Alex […]

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‘Shamed’ Man’s actual disappearance from country reflected with his erasure from news report’s headline This was the front page of Manchester Evening News this morning. Laura Pahomova tragically sent a series of texts to her parents then threw herself from an 18th floor balcony hours after Martin Riley had emailed her parents to inform them […]

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The Mirror Gives a How-Not-To Guide on Writing about VAWG

This is the headline the Mirror chose for the trial of Andrew Leigh who is accused of murdering his former wife Luan: Husband ‘drugged estranged wife before strangling her to death after hearing about new man’ The subheading reads: Andrew Leigh is accused of murdering his wife of eight years Luan after she spurned his […]

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Responding to Rape Apologism in Women

This week we have seen a number of high-profile women supporting convicted rapist Ched Evans by suggesting the rape he committed was not violent (Judy Finnigan) and that we need nuance (Sarah Vine). We have also a large number of women using social media to defend Evans. We understand the temptation to respond to these […]

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National Stalking Awareness Day

National Stalking Awareness Day is Thursday April 24, 2014. This year’s campaign is entitled “Working Without Fear” which seeks to raise awareness and end workplace stalking. Stalking and the workplace: 1 in 20 callers to the National Stalking Helpline are stalked by a colleague or ex colleague. In a quarter of cases reported to our Helpline, […]

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