August 30, 2018

Promoting Respect And Equality In Media Reporting

The Andrews Labor 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.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins today 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.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence Natalie Hutchins

“Ending family violence in Victoria requires change on all fronts. Promoting gender equality in the media is one way we can stop the attitudes that drive violence.”

“The media is a powerful shaper of culture and attitudes. Language focused on equality and respect for all can change the culture that leads to violence against women.”