News media and the primary prevention of violence against women and their children

Emerging evidence, insights and lessons
Family violence Violence against women News media Media regulation Journalism Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Australia
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Violence against women and its prevention are legitimate topics of public interest and research shows that media reporting on the issue in Australia is extensive. This research identified that while some aspects of reporting on violence against women in Australia are changing for the better, there remains much room for improvement. A key question is how to sustain positive shifts and foster further improvement. 

This emerging evidence paper aims to identify effective approaches or ‘issues to consider’ in engaging with, and building the capacity of the Australian media, to embed primary prevention as part of their work in reporting on violence against women. It is designed to inform and stimulate thinking about what future initiatives might look like if they are to be responsive to the current evidence-base, while being well suited to practical and policy considerations. 

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