Poor representation of violence against women in the media is a burning issue. The images used to depict violence against women show only physical violence, and are not representative of the reality of domestic abuse. Editors and journalists have told us they have no option - alternative images don’t exist, and they were right. But not anymore.
As Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Bill progresses through Holyrood, it’s time to challenge and change perceptions of domestic abuse to give survivors a greater chance of recognising themselves and seeking support.
In collaboration with survivors of domestic abuse and renowned photographer Laura Dodsworth Zero Tolerance and Scottish Women's Aid have created a bank of accredited, ethical stock images for news outlets to use when reporting on domestic abuse and violence against women.
These images are free to use and we encourage news outlets to make use of the photos.
Images should be shown with a small copyright notice acknowledging the original work’s authorship, as is typical for rights-managed stock photography:
© Copyright Laura Dodsworth
Newspaper, magazine and online media usage does not need to acknowledge the authorship in any other way, as long as the small copyright notice is visible
We can also send you the images: please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.