Victims of Domestic Violence Need Greater System Support


Series: Beyond Innocence

The unattainable innocent victim standard as a barrier to justice for survivors of domestic violence

In domestic violence training, we sometimes ask participants what makes a “good victim.” I’ve led this exercise dozens of times, with many different audiences—from doctors to high school students. The responses are strikingly consistent. “Good victims” have never committed a crime; they are compliant; they are bruised and battered; they don’t get a ...

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  • Liz Roberts
    Liz Roberts
October 08, 2015
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Victim-blaming Creates Barriers to Safety and Justice

The criminal justice system often fails to treat sexual violence as a serious crime warranting serious consequences.

We travel frequently in our work for Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety. This means spending hours on airplanes, sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers and usually making small talk. The arc of the conversations generally goes something like this:   “Traveling for business or pleasure?”   “Business.”   “Yeah, me too. What do you do?”   ...

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  • Sandra  Harrell
    Sandra Harrell
December 05, 2014
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