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Advice for journalists

Your words matter. The media plays a powerful role in determining how we see the world around us and good reporting plays a vital role in increasing understanding of violence against women. Here you can find comprehensive resources designed to support you in ensuring your reporting is safe and informative.

Contact us if you need hard copies of any of these resources for your news room or if you need advice on writing a story.

Handle With Care: This guide offers comprehensive advice on various issues from interviewing survivors to providing relevant context and ensuring that violence is neither trivialised nor sensationalised.

Summary of Handle With Care: In a rush? This four page guide gives our top tips and language guide for responsible reporting.

one thousand words: produced with Scottish Women’s Aid, one thousand words is a bank of accredited, ethical and free stock images for news outlets to use when reporting on domestic abuse and violence against women. Download the photos and crediting instructions here:

What journalists need to know about the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill: This briefing is for journalists who are reporting on what is now the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act. It was produced in consultation with Scottish Women's Aid and ASSIST.

Violence Against Women Mythbuster Commonly seen myths about Violence Against Women in the media and how to avoid perpetuating them.

Media briefing: This briefing contains facts and statistics on how media shapes our perceptions of violence against women.

What the audience wants: Our 'What the Audience Wants' report was funded by the Vodafone charitable foundation and looks at how media reporting shapes audience perceptions of violence against women.

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Handle with Care (full version)Handle with Care (full version) This guide offers comprehensive advice on various issues from interviewing survivors to providing relevant context and ensuring that violence is neither trivialised nor sensationalised.

Handle with Care (summary)Handle with Care (summary) In a rush? This four page guide gives our top tips and language guide for responsible reporting.

Media BriefingMedia Briefing This briefing contains facts and statistics on how media shapes our perceptions of violence against women.

Media BriefingMedia Briefing This briefing contains facts and statistics on how media shapes our perceptions of violence against women.

One Thousand Words Produced with Scottish Women’s Aid, one thousand words is a bank of accredited, ethical and free stock images for news outlets to use when reporting on domestic abuse and violence against women.

What the audience wantsWhat the audience wants Our 'What the Audience Wants' report was funded by the Vodafone charitable foundation and looks at how media reporting shapes audience perceptions of violence against women.

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