News coverage of domestic, family, and sexual violence

Resources for journalists

Research on media coverage of violence against women

  • Media Guidelines for the Responsible Reporting of Violence Against Women: A Review of Evidence and Issues

  • Media representations of violence against women and their children: State of knowledge paper

  • Chagnon, N. (2014). Heinous crime or acceptable violence? The disparate framing of femicides in Hawai’i. Radical Criminology, 3(3), 13–45.

  • Consalvo, M. (1998). “3 Shot dead in courthouse”: Examining news coverage of domestic violence and mail-order brides 12 739. Women’s Studies in Communication, 21(2), 188–211.

  • Franiuk, R., Seefelt, J. L., Cepress, S. L., & Vandello, J. A. (2008). Prevalence and effects of rape myths in print journalism: The Kobe Bryant case. Violence Against Women, 14(3), 287–309. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801207313971

  • Gillespie, L. K., Richards, T. N., Givens, E. M., & Smith, M. D. (2013). Framing deadly domestic violence: Why the media’s spin matters in newspaper coverage of femicide. Violence Against Women, 19(2), 222–245. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801213476457

  • Howe, A. (1997). “The War Against Women” Media Representations of Men’s Violence Against Women in Australia. Violence Against Women, 3(1), 59–75. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801297003001005

  • Jiwani, Y., & Young, M. L. (2006). Missing and murdered women: Reproducing marginality in news discourse. Canadian Journal of Communication, 31(4), 895–917.

  • Meyers, M. (1996). News Coverage of Violence against Women: Engendering Blame. SAGE Publications.

  • Sorenson, S. B., Manz, J. G., & Berk, R. A. (1998). News media coverage and the epidemiology of homicide. American Journal of Public Health, 88(10), 1510–1514.

  • Taylor, R. (2009). Slain and slandered: A content analysis of the portrayal of femicide in crime news. Homicide Studies, 13(1), 21–49. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767908326679

  • Wood, J. T. (2001). The normalization of violence in heterosexual romantic relationships: Women’s narratives of love and violence. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 18(2), 239–261.

  • Worthington, N. (2008). Progress and persistent problems: Local TV news framing of acquaintance rape on campus. Feminist Media Studies, 8(1), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680770701824878

  • Wozniak, J. A., & McCloskey, K. A. (2010). Fact or fiction? Gender issues related to newspaper reports of intimate partner homicide. Violence Against Women, 16(8), 934–952. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801210375977