Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

male violence

The need for care when sharing images of missing children

Within hours of the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, people across social media were sharing images of those who were declared missing. Some of these were shared by family and friends who knew girls and women attending the concert, but who had not yet heard whether they were safe. These images were also being shared by more »

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A woman and 2 children are murdered. The media reports about John Lennon’s former flat.

A woman and 2 children have been murdered in what the police are once again calling “a domestic incident” – as though murder were nothing more than an argument about whose turn it was to wash the dishes. The continuing inability of the police to be clear about the reality of male violence against women and more »

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Supervised Visitation Hurting Children Helping Abusers: Erring on the Side of Risking Children

Our campaign was founded in response to media coverage of two events: The ‘Oxford gang case’ in which vulnerable girls were blamed for the sexual exploitation and the murder of Matthew and Carla Stevenson by their father on the very first unsupervised contact he had been given because of his long history of violence against more »

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Survivors Voices

The importance of survivors voices and thinking about ‘dual roles’ (survivors who are professionals) The book Not My Shame is available here. Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear more »

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General Election 2017: The importance of tactical voting to end the Tory Government

Our campaign has consistently made the same demands of all political parties at local, regional, mayoral, national and EU elections: ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence and abuse services, predicated on an intersectional understanding of the gendered reality of male violence recognising the specific vulnerabilities of women with insecure immigration status, women living in more »

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MEDIA REPORTING AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE NAVY

This blog is the second in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project.  Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.  You more »

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How Many More Women Like Alice Ruggles Have To Die Before We Learn Our Lesson? by Polly Neate

This morning, I appeared on Woman’s Hour, discussing the depiction of male violence against women in popular culture – notably Big Littles Lies, in which we are confronted with a complex and nuanced portrayal of an abusive relationship. But for centuries, I argued, we have been eroticising male violence against women – and this is more »

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Police told to ‘stop pushing responsibility’ for domestic violence prosecutions onto victims

Police forces are allowing perpetrators of domestic violence to escape justice by “pushing responsibility” for prosecutions on to victims, rather than building cases themselves, the police watchdog has warned. Officers need to “get on with their jobs” and track down evidence so they can pursue cases against offenders without relying on vulnerable victims to provide more »

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The “rape clause” – responses from women’s service providers

5 things you need to know about the ‘family cap’ and ‘rape clause’ via Engender In order to understand the so-called ‘rape clause’, first you need to know about the ‘family cap’. This is part of UK Government changes to social security (known as ‘welfare reform’) that limits child benefit and child tax credits to more »

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