When we place responsibility on the victim/survivor of violence rather than on the person who was violent, this is called ‘victim-blaming’. Learn how to recognise and challenge victim blaming by checking out one of the following resources:
- Watch this short, clever animated video clip which highlights the nature of victim-blaming.
- Check out the #FixedIt campaign by journalist Jane Gilmore, which highlights and challenges victim blaming about violence against women in the media
- Read this short article: If You “Can’t Understand” Why Telling Women to Take Care Is Victim Blaming, It’s Time To Listen
How does it help?
Research shows that attitudes that justify, excuse or minimise violence against women, increase the likelihood of violence against women occurring.
This includes blaming women for any violence they experience. Victim blaming focuses on what women were doing, or not doing, in order to explain, or even justify a perpetrator’s violence. Victim-blaming fails to hold perpetrators to account, and makes it hard for women to report violence and seek help.
Challenging victim-blaming is a key way we can help prevent violence against women.
You can continue to challenge victim-blaming in your everyday life:
- Never excuse, justify or minimise violence against women
- Challenge victim-blaming statements when you hear them
- Listen to and believe women if they disclose experiences of violence to you
- Let victim/survivors know it is never their fault
Instead of asking ‘Why does she stay if he’s violent?’ ask ‘Why is he violent?’
Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.