Media representations of violence against women and their children: Final report

ANROWS, Monday, 6th June 2016

This project aimed to establish the extent and nature of reporting of violence against women by the Australian media to inform future strategies for change.

Using both quantitative (content analysis) and qualitative (critical discourse analysis) methods, the study provided a glimpse into the complexity of reporting practices.

It found that:

 

  • There is a clear link between media reporting and attitudes and beliefs in relation to violence against women, with audiences’ emotional responses and attributions of responsibility affected by how the media frames news.
  • The vast majority of reporting on violence against women was “incident based”, looking at tragic individual instances, but not exploring the issue in a more depth.

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