What exactly is victim-blaming and why do we need to learn about it?
Victim-blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. Domestic violence victims are often blamed in direct and indirect ways by their:
Victim blaming can make it harder for survivors of domestic violence to heal and deal with their trauma. A victim-blaming culture can also make current victims feel as if their abuse is their fault, and might make them less likely to seek help.
So how do we avoid victim blaming?
If you want to learn more…
Chanel Miller’s story
This is a great article that highlights examples of victim blaming and some of the effects that it can have on the victim.