The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

J'ai Survécu, Monsieur

I have had a phone call from a colleague who has just heard of a domestic violence victim who was described in court as a 'survivor'.
My colleague was very cross, rightly so in my opinion. After all, nearly all of the people involved in violence survive, be they perpetrator or victim.
It will not help victims of domestic cruelty to Orwellise what has happened to them, not least because Eric Blair chose his words with care that is not usual nowadays.