Here are some resources geared towards the media that might be helpful in reporting on gender-based violence:
Covering Domestic Violence A Guide for Journalists and Other Media Professionals – This is a 19-page report written by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Distracted by Drama How California Newspapers Portray Intimate Partner Violence – This is a 23-page guide that analyzed CA newspapers
Covering Crime and Justice – by Sarah Huntley – Chapter in an online book
The goal of this handbook is for reporters to see a murder or other crime involving intimate partners through the lens of domestic violence. The handbook provides reporters with information about Rhode Island’s domestic violence law and an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. It also shares the lessons that the Coalition has learned through conversations with journalists, through its own work, through recommendations from survivors, and from a 3-year media study conducted by the Boston College Media Research Action Project. While the handbook focuses on the Coalition’s experience in Rhode Island, these experiences are similar to what happens in other states.
Our hope is that the process that began with this handbook will help advocates and survivors continue an important dialogue with those in the media. Reporters can make a difference in the lives of victims by lifting the veil of silence that allows domestic violence to go unchecked to the point of murder.
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence – over 40 resources are listed! (some links are broke though)
Dr. Marian Meyers, Associate Professor of Communication at Georgia State
Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism at Boston University
Garland Waller, Assistant Professor of television (She’s an expert on domestic violence and custody issues – If you leave me a comment, I can refer you to other experts on this topic, as well)
Flippant Headline Hurts regarding: “Burnham man faces multiple charges in ruckus”
More sympathy in domestic violence? – my letter to the editor comparing treatment of perps when they’re family members or strangers
Words that matter, or not? – my letter to the editor involving: interviewing the neighbor, blaming the victim, and using the term “snapped”