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I know it's the Daily Fail, but must they call a DV victim a 'selfie queen'

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PinkyofPie Sun 21-Aug-16 14:30:04

Karen Danczuk, wife of Simon Danczuk MP, has been assualted by him in the Costa Blanca and has been pictured with a bandage on her chest

Apparently he attacked her in a jealous rage after she spoke to a waiter, and she didn't press charges because she didn't want to put her sons through that ordeal of watching their father be prosecuted.

Must journalists refer to a DV victim as a 'selfie queen' as if it has any significance to her story? I know it's the DM but FFS, this kind of language does send messages to readers, the message mainly being 'you can get hit by your husband but we'll still criticise you for being vain'.

Some of the comments are sickening, including one that she should have the decency to cover her bandages because she's attention seeking. She's wearing a sundress in the Costa Blanca FFS, totally appropriate attire. I imagine if she wore a polo neck jumper in 35 degree heat she'd also get criticised for attention seeking.

Aside from my post being a rant about the way DV victims are portrayed in the media, I really do think there should be a call for regulation in the way journalists report violent crimes against women - ie not use language that demonises or criticises the female for matters unrelated to the incident

LockedOutOfMN Sun 21-Aug-16 14:40:02

I'm not a fan of KD but am saddened to hear of this incident and agree it is ridiculous to refer to any victim of DV as a "selfie queen" or similar.

Boogers Sun 21-Aug-16 14:49:14

I can't comment on this story as I haven't (don't want to) read it, but a Mail story H read about the lady who was stabbed and killed in London two weeks ago, Darlene Horton, referred to her as 'the wife of a university professor' first, rather than her as a person in her own right, like she's nothing without her husband.

The press pin a title on someone and run with it forever more. Karen Danczuk is notorious for taking selfies and is therefore known as 'selfie queen' in the same way that Linda Lusardi will always be 'former glamour model'. Doesn't make it right when reporting on something as serious as DV, but that's the press for you.

LassWiTheDelicateAir Sun 21-Aug-16 15:43:32

What a horrible man he is.

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