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Victims of Crime and the Impact of Media Reporting                


One of our selected areas of priority research is the impact of media reporting on victims of crime.

Below are some sample questions that Victims Services considers in researching victims and the media.

  • How are victims of crime affected by media reports of the crime that were were the victim of, or by media reports of similar crime?
  • Do victims of crime view media interest as positive, or as assisting their situation?
  • Do victims of crime feel that they are supported when dealing with media interest?  How can victims of crime be better supported?
  • How can we encourage and promote respectful reporting in relation to victims of crime?
  • Does the experience of dealing with media interest make victims of crime more or less likely to report crime in the future?
  • How does reading or viewing reports about crime impact victims' perception of justice?