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Media resources

Our Watch seeks to engage with the media through specific programs and guides for journalists who report on violence against women and their children. 
 
Our Watch will work with survivors, the violence against women sector and media, to build on successful projects already operating and develop initiatives. The aim is to build the media’s understanding of prevention, and its ability to report on the issue in a factual, ethical and sensitive way.

Find facts and figures about the issue of violence against women here

Vicarious trauma and harassment

An increasing number of journalists are reporting on violence against women, some dedicating significant time to the issue. While the increasing media interest in the issue is welcome, it raises important considerations for the journalists and their editors. What are the risks of vicarious trauma for journalists frequently exposed to harrowing stories of abuse? What steps can news organizations and media peak bodies take to protect and support journalists? Some journalists who take a high profile role in reporting on the issue can be the victims of threats, in particular unpleasant and sometimes violent online trolling. How can they ensure their physical safety, as well as deal with trolling in the virtual world? 

Our Watch asks media experts for their advice on dealing with these issues, watch the video.



Click here for the "audio description" version of this video on vicarious trauma and harassment.

It’s important to keep the following in mind:

  • Vicarious trauma is like radiation – limit your exposure (get only what you need for the job).
  • Listen to your body – it speaks messages of stress.
  • Talk to friends, peers, mentors, managers.
  • Live healthily – eat nutritious food, exercise and sleep well.
  • Consider meditation or yoga – research shows this works in relation to trauma. 

Find more resources on dealing with vicarious trauma here.

More videos for journalists




Guides for journalists 

Reporting on sexual violence

A guide to reporting on sexual violence - for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way. 

Click to view the guide: Reporting on sexual violence – PDF, 492KB 

 


Reporting on domestic violence

A guide to reporting on domestic violence – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way. 

Click to view guide: Reporting on domestic violence – PDF, 471KB 

 


Reporting on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

A guide to reporting on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way.

Click to view guide: Reporting on family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities – PDF, 476KB 

 


Reporting on child sexual abuse

A guide to reporting on child sexual abuse – for journalists looking for statistics and information on how to conduct safe interviews and frame stories in an ethical way. 

Click to view guide: Reporting on child sexual abuse – PDF, 467KB