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

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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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By J Pope

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