Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

Press Releases

For the Media

  • Name the crime
    Do not say “a man forced a woman to have sex with him.” Use the term and say, “a man raped a woman.” Not using the actual term for a crime makes the crime seem less serious and it causes confusion to readers. It is more important to send a clear message to your readers than to keep a dangerous writing style.

  • Safety first- do not put the victim at risk
    Do not disclose the victim’s identity. Remember that domestic violence is life-threatening and dangerous. When you use a victim’s name or picture, you put her, her family and her community at risk.

  • Know the law
    Understand that these crimes are illegal and punishable by law. Understand these laws and how to report on them.

  • Never excuse violence
    Do not justify violence by pointing out a victim’s faults, acts, etc. If a man committed violence, he chose to do so. The victim does not make him use violence.

  • Domestic violence is serious and life-threatening
    Do not sensationalize or desensitize the issue because it is a serious issue.