Ordinary intimate terrorism

Hands were placed round her neck in a public space – an ordinary private scene in a public space. Perhaps the ordinariness of the scene was transformed because the people at the table were known and known for other behaviours. It caused a media frenzy followed by difficult decisions – some made public – some left to the imagination. This act of’ ‘intimate terrorism’ leaked out in to the press and sparked off discussions in private homes and public spaces. She escaped with her life and continues to live. He continues to live too.

Everyday terrorism happens to people in different places in different ways. There is an ordinariness to these acts which cause those around the victim to feel outraged and paralysed. The detailed narratives and images emerge which are beyond words and sometimes beyond justice.


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