Victims' rights and the struggle over crime in the media

Author(s) Rentschler, Carrie A
Title Victims' rights and the struggle over crime in the media
Source Canadian Journal of Communication, 2007, Vol 32, pp 219-239
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA 

This article examines the connection between the victims' rights movement and the portrayal of victims in the media. The author discusses how the victims' rights movement turns families of murder victims into strong symbolic tools to be used in public debates on crime and punishment. Guidelines and training for journalists are examined, with particular reference to the publications produced by the U.S. National Center for Victims of Crime and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the University of Washington-Seattle. One conclusion drawn by the author is that demanding a more therapeutic and hospitable treatment of victims in the media can mean a number of things, including the significant link between the media's need for crime news and the political struggle of the victims' rights movement.

Keywords Media; news; victims' rights; journalist training; victim portrayal.
Topic Media