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September 13 2018 By Lisa Zilberpriver, Manager - Media and Communications

Journalists who have helped drive social change by reporting on violence against women and their children have today been recognised at the Our Watch Awards, as the nation reels from the murders of three young girls, their mother and their grandmother in Bedford, WA. The massacre in the Perth suburb is the third such event this year, showing the critical need for ongoing work to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to this kind of violence.

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“Our Watch understands that the media’s role in highlighting this violence and examining its causes is vital. We will continue to work closely with the media to highlight examples of excellent reporting,” said Our Watch chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AM.  
Speaking at the fourth annual Our Watch awards, Ms Stott Despoja said this year’s entries demonstrated integrity and an intelligent and compassionate understanding of the complex issue of violence against women and their children. 
There had been a marked improvement, with media increasingly examining the causes of this violence and avoiding language that blames victims or excuses perpetrators. 
Ms Stott Despoja also praised the exceptionally high standard of this year’s winners. She said the overall gold winner, “Religion and domestic violence investigation” by Julia Baird, Rocco Fazzari, Hayley Gleeson, Debra Jopson and Sarah Malik shone a light on abuse that had for too long been hidden. 
“Survivors of violence against women must be heard. That’s what this reporting is doing, it is giving women a voice and holding to account powerful organisations that have hidden abuse and protected perpetrators.” 
The Awards are in their fourth year and are administered by the Walkley Foundation.  
The winners of the 2018 Our Watch awards are:


The Our Watch awards, administered by the Walkley Foundation, recognise and reward excellence in reporting on violence against women. The 2018 awards are funded by the federal Department of Communications and the Arts 


Lisa Zilberpriver, Manager – Media and Communications, Our Watch: 0448 844 930 or lisa.zilberpriver@ourwatch.org.au  
*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 


Our Watch is a national, not-for-profit organisation established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. 
The organisation works to increase gender equality and respect in all aspects of everyday life, such as through schools, workplaces, media, sporting organisations, social marketing, and developing and influencing public policy.