Tips for Media

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Police most often quoted in news stories of #femicide. Reach out to professionals/advocates working to prevent #VAW for their expertise. The continuing absence of their voices provides incomplete picture on #VAW to readers. 

Media Tip Stats
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When stories focus on #femicide #vaw incidents without broader context, it leaves impression of individual tragedies and no solutions. Statistics help provide big picture, showing frequency of violence and publicly available.

Media News Stories
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Describing #femicide perpetrators as 'a quiet man', 'a great father', or 'a loving guy' leaves impression that killing was out of character, but was it? Do you know that really? If not, don't mitigate the crime. 

Media Tip Newspaper
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Avoid sensational headlines using use words like 'shocking' which portray femicides as isolated incidents rather final acts in often ongoing, chronic violence. Is it shocking if 1 woman is killed every 6 days by male partner?

Media Tip Stop Vioence
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Using language such as 'domestic dispute', 'volatile relationship', or 'domestic disturbance' minimizes and trivializes a violent situation. It ignores reality that incidents are often part of chronic, ongoing violence.

Media Top Dom Violence
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Domestic violence often reported with headlines 'women stabbed', 'woman assaulted', 'woman beaten'. Violence doesn't just happen to a woman, someone perpetrates violence on her. Say that! 'Man stabs woman', 'man assaults woman', 'man beats woman'. RT to local media.

Media Tip Rose
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Media often refer to male jealousy to explain men who kill female partners/ex-partners. Terms used are 'love gone wrong', 'from love to murder', 'crime of passion'. It's a crime, but it's not passion or love.

Media News Stories
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Too many news stories focus excessively on behaviour of survivors/victims. Regardless of your intent, this suggests she was somehow to blame for the violence. It is the perpetrator's behaviour that is a crime.