- Utilize domestic violence advocacy organization as sources whenever covering domestic violence stories.
- Avoid headlines and coverage that implicates victims in their own abuse or death.
- Avoid portraying family violence as “conflict.”
- Always run the statewide hotline number, 800-33-HAVEN, with stories on domestic violence. Your story may be the only way victims in your community learn there is help available.
RESOURCES FOR MEDIA
- “Covering domestic Violence: A Guide for Journalists and Other Media Professionals,” available at – www.wscadv.org/Resources/index.thm#mg
- Domestic Violence: A Union Issues (a training resource kit for union leaders) – http://store.yahoo.com/fvpfstore/domviolunis.html
- News Coverage of Violence Against Women, Marian Meyers, Sage publications.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence’s National Media Project – www.nnedv.org