Why are reports of domestic violence often framed around the alleged perpetrator’s story?

Daily Life,

In its recently updated guidelines on family and domestic violence reporting, the Australian Press Council urges that words matter: “Publications should be mindful of the language they use and try to avoid terms that tend to trivialise, demean or inadvertently excuse family violence, such as ‘a domestic’, a ‘domestic dispute’ or ‘a troubled marriage’.”

With that in mind, framing the alleged domestic homicide of a woman by the hand of her husband as a “tragedy” instead of a violent and deliberate choice is unacceptable.

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  • Access Advisory Guideline on Family & Domestic Violence Reporting (PDF) here

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