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Respectful Reporting Strategy

Respectful Reporting: Victims of Violent Crime Media Strategy  (PDF 238KB) promotes responsible reporting of violent crime and encourages the media to consider the potential impact that their report could have on a victim. The NSW Government, led by the NSW Department of Justice will work in partnership with the media, Government and non-Government agencies and victims to achieve the goals of the strategy.

The Respectful Reporting: Victims of Violent Crime Media Strategy has been developed in consultation with the Department of Justice, Homicide Victims Support Group (Aus) Inc (HVSG), Victims of Crime Assistance League (VOCAL), Enough is Enough, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), as well as the Department of Human Services NSW - Ageing, Disability and Home Care and the Violence Prevention Coordination Unit, Office for Women's Policy, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, and provides key policy directions and priorities for the next two years.

The strategy has also been developed in collaboration with the Journalism Education Association of Australia (JEAA). We acknowledge the work they have already done in this area and look forward to continuing this collaborative approach.

Respectful Reporting: Victims of Violent Crime in NSW Media Strategy is designed to develop and improve awareness about the impact of crime on victims and the way in which the media may further exacerbate the challenges of living with trauma.

The strategy has two key aims:

  1. To raise awareness in the media about both potential vulnerabilities of victims of violent crime and strategies they may be able to use to minimise their trauma.
  2. To provide resources to victims that explain how to deal with the media and how it works.