Everyday Victim Blaming

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Mustafa Bashir given no jail time for forcing his wife to drink bleach.

UPDATE: Mustafa Bashir has now been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the crime of lying to the court about his cricket career using a “slip rule” which allows a judge to re-sentence a perpetrator if new information came to light. In this case. forcing a woman to drink bleach is less important than more »

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North Wales Police are confused about who’s responsible for domestic violence

North Wales Police comms officers clearly haven’t been paying attention to any training (if they’ve even had any) on domestic violence and who the perpetrators actually are: Blaming victims for the behaviour of perpetrators does not increase confidence that the police will deal with domestic violence with compassion or understanding. This tweet demonstrates a clear more »

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Vote for the Worst Police ‘Safety’ Campaign of 2015

Vote for the Worst Police Safety Campaign on survey monkey! We’re running this campaign to raise awareness of the ubiquity of misleading and victim blaming police ‘safety’ campaigns. We’d love your feedback on the individual campaigns and posters as we will be feeding the comments back to the relevant police authorities. These campaigns don’t exist more »

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West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) utterly irresponsible domestic violence campaign

We were sent this tweet today:   It’s safe to say we were utterly appalled by this poster, which demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the gendered dynamics of domestic violence and abuse (DVA), how perpetrators work, and insists the victim (almost always the mother) is equally culpable for the impact as the perpetrator. This more »

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Domestic abuse: Police ‘nearly overwhelmed’ by increase

Where to start on this? The refusal to mention the perpetrators, which makes it sound like victims are creating this problem themselves? The fact that the police are posited as the victims here – feeling “overwhelmed” and finding the workload “excessive”? Or the fact that once again we’re supposed to celebrate when reported violence against more »

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.@MerseyPolice and the small issue of a rape joke

Mersey Police’s social media employee has tweeted out a rather interesting response to a rape joke. Whilst Mersey Police have since apologised, it was due to an immediate response from Twitter users. Without the immediate engagement of twitter users horrified by such a light-hearted response to a rape joke by an employee of the Merseyside Police, it’s more »

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Ted Heath, Jonathan King and the role of The Spectators…

An Exercise in Comprehension, for Subjects Lacking in Empathy, but Over-Equipped with Entitlement. August 2015. Please read the following before forming any opinion, sharing on Twitter, or other social media sites. You may now turn over your paper. Case Study A There are allegations against a series of people and those allegations are that they more »

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Witch hunt is the stuff of Hitlers dreams

Do we laugh or do we cry spring to mind. Neither as the statement which appeared in the telegraph by Dan Hodge* is just a ludicrous headline used to grab attention. It certainly has done that and shone the light on the journalist who wrote it and not in a positive light I might add. Yes more »

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1/3 of police forces are “inadequate” in dealing with child protection.

This week, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published a report into child protection called In Harm’s Way: The Role of Police in Keeping Children Safe. No one who actually works in child protection or is involved in child safe-guarding will be surprised by the findings of this report. The HMIC “examined 576 case involving children, from across more »

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