Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Women’s Services

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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“Why doesn’t she just leave?” 5 subtle ways women are blamed for experiencing domestic abuse

This article is cross-posted with permission from writer Woman as Subject. Having worked with survivors of domestic abuse for many years, I am still shocked at the way in which society continues to blame women for the violence and abuse they suffer at the hands of men. This tendency to minimise or justify male violence more »

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Child Sexual Exploitation – Groundhog Day

Child Sexual Exploitation is in the news again – the media are over-run with commentators who are wringing their hands, apologising, claiming that they’re not sure how they didn’t know, telling us that work is in progress to ‘remove this vile scourge’ from our communities. But what are we actually doing? We’ve looked over a more »

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Reporting Rape to the Police

I am not sure why I placed such faith in the police to prosecute my ex-partner for sexual violence. I don’t know why I thought I would be different and they would help me when I reported historic rape. The actual rapes and sexual abuse may be historic in the sense that they happened approximately more »

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Barriers to Reporting Rape.

Unfortunately my 15 year old daughter has experienced the ‘Barriers to Reporting’ and all I can say is thank god for the charity Rape Crisis! Getting help for my daughter to help cope after she was raped was an unnecessary fight – due to her age there was no domestic violence support available even though more »

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Complaint to BBC re: #R4Today July 1st 2014

We have sent the following comment in an email to feedback@bbc.co.uk. If you’d like to complain, please copy and paste the text into an email and send it to the BBC. The more complaints we can generate, the more likely we are to be heard. ******* I am writing with regard to the broadcast of more »

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Ben Blakeley: A known and repeated abuser of women

Details of the cross examination of witnesses in the trial of Ben Blakeley have emerged, revealing once more the pervasive victim-blaming in cases of domestic violence against women. A known and repeated abuser of women Blakeley, 22, is on trial for murdering of his pregnant, 17-year-old girlfriend, Jayden Parkinson, in December last year. Blakeley, who more »

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Trauma & Recovery: Miscarriage, Rape & Domestic Violence (Content Note)

This is my post about losing my baby at 8 weeks. My life had been overshadowed by violence from my now ex-husband from the age of 18. I need to say goodbye to my lost child. This post could be triggering for those who have lived through domestic violence, rape or miscarriage. Twelve years ago more »

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Sexual Pleasure & Orgasm during abuse and / or rape.

(Content Note – non-graphic description of sexual pleasure during sexual abuse) We’ve noticed a running trend in our website searches recently, and we wanted to address what appears to be a gap in the information our site provides. The topic is still considered ‘taboo’, and very rarely spoken about. We’d like to help change that, more »

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