FixedIt: No taxis abused this woman

“Taxi violence”? Given that we know taxis can’t assault women, did you, as I did, assume from this headline that a taxi driver had assaulted a woman? 

Wrong. “Taxi violence” is how the Courier Mail described charges from three seperate events where a man allegedly followed, punched, bit and abused a woman in breach of existing domestic violence orders. 

One of the times he allegedly punched her in the head, bit her and abused her, she tried (unsuccessfully) to escape in a taxi. I guess this is where whoever wrote this headline found their excuse to erase the serious domestic abuse alleged in this story and replace it with misleading implication of stranger danger. 

“Taxi violence”. Not “alleged domestic violence’ or “alleged abusive man’s violence against his girlfriend” or “multiple domestic violence charges”. It’s “taxi violence”. 

That’s really going to quite extraordinary lengths to erase domestic abuse from so called journalism. 

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