The DARVO Tactic | Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender

DARVO illustrated by Manya Wakefield. ©2023, All rights reserved.

DARVO stands for Deny, Attack, Reverse, Victim, and Offender. It is an acronym for psychological manipulation tactic that was first coined by Jennifer J. Freyd, Ph.D. Dr. Freyd is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and the founder of the Center for Institutional Courage.

This section features articles and podcasts that discuss DARVO, a victim-blaming tactic manipulators use to avoid being held to  account for their behavior. Here, readers will find a wealth of information, including a precise definition of the concept, how it is used and real world example of DARVO.

Examination of the psycho-social wounds caused by DARVO campaigns and their long-term consequences are also highlighted. As well as how bystanders are groomed into passive silence or active participation in the scapegoating process.

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