Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse


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 more »

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“Jealousy” is not a mitigating circumstance.

Once again, the media has mitigated the responsibility for fatal violence committed by a controlling and abusive men because he was “jealous”. Chris Osuh, of the Manchester Evening News, writes: A jealous husband who stabbed his wife to death after she returned from a tryst with another man has been jailed for life. The very more »

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Another ignorant judge allowing inappropriate mitigation.

Dear Mr Grayling I am contacting you in your capacity as Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice. I am absolutely appalled about the outcome and ridiculous reasons given regarding the outcome of the recent case of sexual abuse (not ‘sexual activity’ as reported incorrectly and irresponsibly in various media sources) of an 11 year more »

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“Jealousy” is not an excuse.

Jealous husband Kelvin Newton gets life for wife’s murder This is the title of a BBC article. The sub-heading is: A jealous husband has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum sentence of of 18 years for murdering his wife over her holiday romance. The headline says it all: Kelvin Newton killed his wife more »

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