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Violence against women: when ‘no’ means ‘NO’!

Violence and women: telling it like it is is a collaboration of Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and The Citizen. The project is about trying to find a better way to report and talk about violence against women. 


ILLUSTRATION: ‘Portrait of a Heart’, by Christian Schloe

ILLUSTRATION: ‘Portrait of a Heart’, by Christian Schloe

How best to tell the stories of domestic violence survivors?

By Loni Cooper

Reporting the experiences of survivors of domestic violence takes more than just tact

Reporting on violence against women better, but still room for improvement, study finds

By Loni Cooper

The media’s coverage of violence against women is improving – but best practice reporting isn’t always the norm, according to the findings of a landmarkstudy.

New site to critique media’s coverage of violence against women

By Kate Stanton

A new website examining the media’s reporting of violence against women will also aim to educate journalists about the issue against a backdrop of unprecedented public interest.

How violence against women became a front page story

By Annie Blatchford

What was the tipping point that brought a long-ignored subject out of the shadows and onto the front pages of the nation’s dailies? And will the media’s current interest in the issue of violence against women lead to real change?

Respect and responsibility: how the AFL is challenging young footballers to be better men

By Katelyn Swallow

Footballers behaving badly has long been a blight on the game, but for a decade the AFL has been teaching young players about respect as well as their responsibilities.

10 ways to put Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘cultural shift’ for ending violence against women into gear

By Annie Blatchford

collective sigh of relief came from those working to end violence against women when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently acknowledged the root cause of domestic violence as gender inequality and called for a ‘cultural shift’ in Australia to end the scourge.

Domestic violence: how PTSD can put veterans’ families at risk

Researchers are looking into how posttraumatic stress can be a trigger in some cases of domestic violence.

By Freddy Woodhouse

The “mistakes and missed opportunities” that failed Luke Batty

The horrific death of Luke Batty came about amid systemic failings, according to the coroner.  Annie Blatchfordunpacks the findings of Judge Ian Gray.

New apps, technology empowering women in relationship decisions

Domestic violence researchers are trialling a website that works like a counselling service for women experiencing violence, as the number of apps and web-based tools being offered to support women continues to grow.

By Karen Coombs

How abusers are tapping technology in cases of domestic violence

The use of technology is causing a rise in the number of breaches of intervention orders as the courts try to keep up with the numerous ways new devices are being used to stalk people.

Karen Coombs explores the issue in this podcast. 

Crossing disciplinary boundaries to end family violence

Two Melbourne University academics drawn together by their work around the issue of violence against women have launched a research alliance to help tackle the devastating social problem.

By Annie Blatchford

Experts back $30m domestic violence awareness campaign

A $30 million national advertising campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence has been widely backed by experts who agreed that it was right for governments to be drawing attention to the problem.

By Michelle See-Tho

Social media adding voice to dialogue on domestic violence, say victims and researchers

Social media is taking issues such as domestic violence to a wider audience.

By Katelyn Swallow

Walking the walk: where next in the campaign to end family violence?

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty describes the culture of victim-blaming as “soul destroying” when it comes to family violence, saying that those who choose to question the victim over the perpetrator need to be held accountable.

Storify by Matthew Wade

Unis, residential colleges ditch plans for sharing data on campus sex assaults

Leaders of Australia’s top universities and their residential colleges have quietly shelved attempts to collect and share data about sexual assaults on their campuses.

By Kate Stanton

Hospital’s undercover legal service latest check on violence against women

Lawyers working within the Royal Women’s Hospital are giving abused women discreet legal advice in an initiative that could be extended to other health centres.

By Bec Zajac 

‘Are you here for an intervention order?’ When domestic violence finds its way to court

Once, domestic violence matters were dealt with a day a week in Frankston’s law courts. Now, such proceedings can fill four days.

By Annie Blatchford

Sports gender: how local councils are leading in the campaign to prevent violence against women

Local councils across Victoria are looking to create a different sort of level playing field, one that is truly inclusive and adds momentum to the campaign to help prevent violence against women.

By Ania Dutka

No longer simply a matter of birds and bees: stepping up gender education in schools


Where better to start a campaign for ending violence against women than in the classroom? 

By Bec Zajac 



Peddling myths about violence against women

Fiction masquerading as fact? How some men’s groups seek to challenge the weight of statistics regarding domestic violence, which identify men overwhelmingly as the perpetrators of such violence and women and girls overwhelmingly as the victims.

By Michael Roddan

Landmarks that shaped domestic violence law

The legal system plays a crucial role in combating domestic violence, a scourge that accounts for the death of an Australian woman each week on average. As attitudes towards domestic violence change over time, Australia’s laws, through a series of landmark cases, have had to evolve. 

By Michael Roddan

Five Things About Domestic Violence

Did you know that when a woman is physically assaulted she knows the perpetrator in more than seven out of 10 cases? Or that violence is more likely to kill a woman than smoking and obesity combined? Here are the shocking facts.

By Michael Roddan

Is Australia inherently sexist? The evidence speaks volumes

Given the manner in which Australia’s media reacted to the nation’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is it fair to conclude that our society is awash with sexist attitudes?

By Georgina Galbraith; Cartoon by Wes Mountain

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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