September 8, 2014

Here are some resources for reporting on domestic violence:

— Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: Dart Center has a tips and tools sheet for covering domestic violence.

National Network to End Domestic Violence: This organization creates a Domestic Violence Counts census every year. For 2013’s census, 87 percent of “identified local domestic violence programs” participated, according to the organization.

— The CDC: The CDC has a page on Intimate Partner Violence, reports and an infographic about intimate partner violence.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) infographic

— The Coalition Against Domestic Violence: This organization offers a guide for reporters called “Telling the Full Story.”

The Online Guide provides:

— The most up to date statistics available about domestic violence
— Contact information for seeking out sources for content
— Quick reference to domestic violence statutes
— Best practices and tips for covering domestic violence
— An easy to access Domestic Violence 101 reference
— Materials to print about domestic violence in news coverage

The guide was developed by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

— USC Annenberg: Emily Schmidt wrote “Domestic Violence: A Public Health Problem; Covering victims’ stories with sensitivity” with tips on places to look for information.

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