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Course Description

Media reports often minimize the complexity of domestic violence and unwittingly perpetuate domestic violence stereotypes. Much of the language the media uses to explain domestic homicides in headlines and articles falls short – or worse, skews the homicide to be presented as the result of a “troubled relationship” rather than the result of a violent abuser who is seeking the ultimate form of power and control over his partner – death. Often, domestic violence homicides are framed within the context of a “lover’s quarrel” or a “crime of passion” or the batterer’s behavior is explained as he “snapped” or was “acting out of character.” The implications of this type of reporting of domestic violence are long lasting for both the community at large and victims of domestic violence. Webinar participants will learn more about the impact media has on the public’s perception of domestic violence, strategies for how to increase engagement of journalists on this topic, suggestions for approach, tips and strategies for successful media contacts, as well as building and sustaining ongoing relationships or initiating conversations with journalists. Speakers include Advocate and Community Educator Kit Gruelle, Impact and Outreach Coordinator for the Private Violence Film Project.

Continuing Education Hours: 1

This training has been approved by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for continuing education hours for state-certified domestic violence shelters.

Indended Audience

Anyone who is part of a Fatality Review Team, Family Violence Task Force, or domestic violence program.

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