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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Media guide launched to improve reporting on domestic violence

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Media guide launched to improve reporting on domestic violence

    A new media guide is available to improve reporting on violence against women and children, so that the important issue is covered in an accurate, sensitive and balanced way.

    Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman launched the latest resource at the Women In Media national conference on the Gold Coast today.

    “Domestic and family violence continues to be a very serious issue in our community, and the media can play a powerful role in driving behavioural change,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “The media has played a pivotal role in helping to bring this insidious issue out from behind closed doors.

    “We know that when media outlets run prominent stories about particularly awful cases, domestic violence services receive more calls from women in violent homes.”

    The Not Now, Not Ever report produced by Quentin Bryce recommended a guide be developed to support journalists in reporting on domestic and family violence.

    “It’s about shaping the public conversation, so we all play our part in building a society where fewer people find excuses for violent behaviour, fewer people blame victims, and all members of the community are empowered to stop violence,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “The guide will help journalists and editors to provide important coverage of the issue of violence without sensationalising or causing further trauma to victims and their families.”

    The guide includes information on Queensland statistics and legislative restrictions and how best to challenge community attitudes, complementing the national media guidelines produced by Our Watch.

    Ms Fentiman said the guide outlined some of the key issues in addressing domestic and family violence and sought the media’s support in tackling these issues.

    “We want journalists and editors to continue challenging Queenslanders to rethink their attitudes towards domestic violence, helping to bring it out from behind closed doors,” she said.

    “However, in doing so it’s equally important to ensure the safety and needs of domestic violence victims and survivors are their first priority. “

    ENDS

    Media contact:          Ron Goodman            0427 781 920