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DARVO is an acronym that stands for deny, attack, reverse victim and offender.

Here's a hypothetical scenario, using Christian-backed anti-gay rhetoric as an example:

  1. Deny: Christians don't hate gays. Christians love everyone. We just want everyone to have the love of the Lord
  2. Attack: You only think otherwise because of the fake news pushed by the corrupt, atheist media that tries to slander Christians.
  3. Reverse victim: We need to stand up to the gay lobby pushing their agenda down our throats.


The term was coined by Jennifer Freyd in her 1997 "Violations of power, adaptive blindness, and betrayal trauma theory"[1] to explain how perpetrators of unequivocally bad things (e.g., sexual assault) paint themselves as victims and their victims as the ones in power.

A forthcoming (2016) study aims to test whether DARVO is an empirically strong method of classification.[2]

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  1. Freyd, J.J. (1997) Violations of power, adaptive blindness, and betrayal trauma theory. Feminism & Psychology, 7, 22-32.
  2. What is DARVO? by Jennifer J. Freyd