Lizzie McCarthy and Sarah Davidge explain why it is vital that we recognise the role sexism and misogyny play in setting the scene for domestic abuse.
At Women’s Aid we often get asked, ‘why do you say domestic abuse is gendered?’
Our answer would be that even though anyone can experience domestic abuse and should have access to appropriate support, the evidence shows us that there is a disproportionate impact on women. We know that women are more likely to experience domestic abuse, are more likely to be subjected to coercive control (those abusive actions that restrict personal freedom and instil fear) and are more likely to be seriously physically and mentally harmed or killed. The kinds of support they need also tend to be very different. See the Safe blog from November 2020, Why data matters when talking about domestic abuse.
The question we ask is, why are women so much more likely to experience abuse and why is this experience so different to men?
The answer is because domest...
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