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.