.@Key103 : What accurate reporting of male violence looks like
Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The media has a powerful role in ending victim blaming culture and male violence against women and girls. We want to recognise those media organisations who choose to be the solution rather than (re)create the problem.
Key 103's coverage of the conviction of Antonio Francisco Neto was brought to our attention by activist Claire Moore.
Neto has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and 5 years on license for stabbing a woman 17 times. Key 103 used accurate language that did not sensationalise or minimise the crime. They also included information on support services and reporting crimes, which we've reproduced below. The National Union of Journalists Guidelines on reporting violence against women and girls include the demand that helpline information be included on all articles. Even media who are exclusively online, such as BBC News services, and, therefore, have no word limit on articles rarely include such essential information.
Changing the conversation around domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and all other forms of male violence against women and girls, requires the media to step up. We are pleased to see Key 103 taking the lead here.
Here is advice from the police:
If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone that is you can seek by contacting the Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 or visit endthefear.co.uk. Report ALL incidents of domestic abuse to police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Always dial 999 where there is a threat to life or crime in progress. ALL reports are taken seriously
If you’re a friend, family member or neighbour who witnesses signs of domestic abuse report it to police. GMP takes ALL reports of domestic abuse seriously and we can’t do this alone
- Domestic abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances and there are support services available for victims and families from the report to conviction
- GMP takes firm action on any review concerning access to children following on from incidents and any offenders could face a prison sentence
- The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law gives victims the opportunity to apply for information about someone they are in a relationship with (right to ask), or in a relationship with someone they know (right to know)
- Under the DVDS scheme the applicant will need to give their name, address and date of birth and some initial checks will be done to establish if there are any immediate concerns
- If you are a victim or a friend or family member, spot warning signs such as controlling behaviour, the use of violence, public humiliation and objecting to you meeting friends and family.
- The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme gives victims the opportunity to take back control and make the right decision on whether to stay with or leave your partner
- For further information about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, or to make a request for information under it, contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or visit your nearest police station.
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