Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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Rising violence against women gives voters stark choice, by Dawn Foster

Take Theresa May at her word: judge the Tory record on housing and cuts to domestic violence services that have left thousands of women more at risk  In 2008, a Conservative MP launched a policy called fair play on equal pay, claiming the party was willing to take action on the gender pay gap if more »

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Domestic abuse services hang by a thread – we can’t waste any more money by Polly Neate

The £20m domestic abuse fund, announced by the government on International Women’s Day, is so desperately needed that of course it’s to be welcomed. Frankly, it came not a moment too soon. On the ground, despite successive injections of government funds, the situation facing domestic abuse services is reaching breaking point. Much like domestic abuse itself more »

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Whatever she says, Theresa May has failed victims of domestic violence – Sarah Champion

On Wednesday at PMQs Theresa May claimed that this government has a “very good record on domestic violence”. I’m not certain what record she is referring to, but it’s not one that I recognise. In the United Kingdom, on average, two women are killed by their current partner or a former partner every week. Children lose their mother, more »

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Housing benefit cap may force 67% of women’s refuges to close by Damien Gayle

Two-thirds of women’s refuges in England are facing closure due to a change in the way housing benefit is paid to supported and sheltered housing, according to the national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid. Government plans to cap housing benefit in the social sector at the same levels paid to private landlords risks destroying the finances of the refuges, which more »

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Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims

Despite leaving her abusive partner over a year ago, Nicky* and her son still share one bedroom in a women’s refuge. It isn’t somewhere she would choose to live and it’s certainly not where she wants to raise her child. But since fleeing her relationship, finding somewhere to move on a permanent basis has been impossible. more »

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Victim-blaming as daytime entertainment on The Jeremy Kyle Show

I am a writer. I like to have the TV or radio on in the background as I write. This morning (12/11/15), I turned on my TV and was poised to start writing when I realised that The Jeremy Kyle show on. I was about to turn the channel over when I heard something in more »

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The Sun’s Campaign to Save Refuges

We are conflicted about this campaign from The Sun. Raising greater awareness of domestic violence is absolutely essential. Far too many people believe that domestic violence is something that happens to “those women” and most rarely consider who perpetrators actually are. The media rarely gives accurate coverage to the reality of domestic violence: that 1 in 4 more »

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