Domestic Violence Coalition warns against victim shaming after man allegedly kills Tinder date | #tinder | #pof


LAYTON, Utah – The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition is giving a voice to the victim of a brutal murder.

Layton Police say 25-year-old Ashlyn Black was killed early Sunday morning by a man she recently met on the Tinder dating app.

The coalition believes several social media posts are unfairly placing blame on the victim.

“Everybody is impacted by these horrific acts,” said Liz Sollis with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. “Thinking about how horrific that had to be for that victim. Then, also for their loved ones who have to learn about it is tragic.”

Sollis believes placing the blame on the wrong person does little to solve the problem and end the cycle of dating violence.

“It could be prevented by abusive behavior not being permitted and people finding healthier ways to deal with their emotions,” Sollis said. “We need to look at that and see how we can better prepare men, and everybody, to treat people better in society and to not respond with violence.”

Advocates for victims hope more can be done to prevent these violent acts from happening in the future. That outreach begins by sending a message that violence will never be tolerated.

“The most important thing is teaching what’s healthy in a relationship. One thing that is not healthy is violence. Consent is healthy. Kindness is healthy,” Sollis said. “It’s absolutely horrible. We are all fighting so hard to stay alive right now. It’s horrible this individual felt he had the right to take someone else’s life.”

Anyone who in a violent relationship is urged seek help. The Utah Domestic Violence Coalition can be reached at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or udvc.org.

Those resources can also help people having thoughts of committing violent acts.

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