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#Tip: Guidelines for interviewing victims of sexual and gender-based violence

June 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Sexual and gender-based violence has been getting a lot of press recently, for good reason.

The abhorrent crimes against women and girls committed by men in southern California and northern India have brought the topic to the fore but, according to a 2013 study from the World Health Organisation, one in three women worldwide will experience sexual or gender-based violence at some point in their lives. These are extreme cases of a widespread problem.

While reporting these crimes and addressing the socio-cultural background that can motivate the perpetrators is a vital role of the media, telling the story of the victims, both male and female, is just as important.

The recent #YesAllWomen hashtag has let many women tell their own stories. But when a victim of sexual or gender-based violence agrees to an interview, there are additional considerations a journalist must take into account – to respect the victim’s rights and aid their recovery.

Last year, the human rights non-profit Witness published guidelines for interviewing survivors of such crimes, including tips on approaching the interview, conducting the interview, and professional behaviour after the interview. They are well worth remembering.

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#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – reporting on violence panel discussion

November 24th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance, Top tips for journalists

The Dart Center blog has audio from a panel debate discussing the difficulties of reporting on “violence and tragedy” as a journalist, which according to this post, features journalist Marianne McCune and a former winner of a Dart Award Rob Perez.

Tipster: Rachel McAthy

If you have a tip you would like to submit to us at Journalism.co.uk email us using this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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