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Our Watch to better support journalists reporting on violence against women

September 03 2018 By Eddie Staltari, Senior Media and Communications Advisor

Our Watch is pleased to partner with the Victorian Government to promote gender equality by better supporting Victorian media in their reporting of violence against women and their children.

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To do this, Our Watch is currently developing reporting guidelines and accompanying resources that will provide journalists with the most up-to-date and evidence-based information needed to challenge harmful stereotypes that many hold when it comes to violence against women and their children. 

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly explains: “While there have been huge improvements in reporting on family violence in recent times, the issue is complex and challenging for all sections of the media.” 
 
The guidelines, developed through expert consultation, will also support the reporting of violence perpetrated against women who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, as well as women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, lesbian and bisexual women, women living with disabilities, and older women.

Our Watch aims to release online and hard-copy versions of the guidelines from December 2018. Updated information on how to access the guidelines will also be shared with all Victorian newsrooms once it is defined. 

Members of the Victorian media who wish to discuss the guidelines can get in touch with Eddie Staltari, Senior Media and Communications Advisor at Our Watch (eddie.staltari@ourwatch.org.au).  

Media contact: 

Eddie Staltari, Senior Media & Communications Advisor, Our Watch: 0431 638 113 or eddie.staltari@ourwatch.org.au  
 
Our Watch Media: 0448 844 930 
 
*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline: 
 
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000” 
 
To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit: www.ourwatch.org.au