Victoria

Promoting respect and equality in media reporting

The Victorian Government is partnering with Our Watch to improve media reporting on family violence and violence against women as part of its work to change harmful and sexist attitudes.

Victorian Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins announced a grant of $425,000 to Our Watch to deliver their new media reporting program.

It is a sad fact that family violence and violence against women is frequently in the media and often reported in a way that has the potential to reinforce harmful and sexist attitudes.

Stories that paint perpetrators as ‘good blokes’ or scrutinise a victim’s sexual history perpetuate a culture of disrespect and inequality.

Led by Our Watch, this new project will support gender equality through seeking to change attitudes in the media including developing guidelines for journalists when reporting on family violence.

The project will also create guidelines for reporting related to Aboriginal women, culturally diverse women, women with disabilities, older women and the LGBTI community.

A more informed media will help create a Victorian culture of respect, equality and non-violence.

Source: Vic Government