FixedIt: No fix required

The Sydney Morning Herald showing how to report alleged domestic violence attacks with accuracy and context. Lance Pearce, the alleged perpetrator is named at the front of the headline putting the responsibility where it belongs – on the perpetrator not the victim, Blair Dalton. The severity of the attack is demonstrated by naming the charge...

FixedIt: Footballer jailed for domestic violence is not the victim

The Herald Sun reported that Aaron James pleaded guilty to a “swag” of domestic violence, drug and driving charges and has been remanded in custody pending further psychiatric assessment. James was accused of assaulting and stalking his ex-wife, threatening to kill her and breaching intervention orders. Other charges included drug trafficking and driving while suspended. Police...

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator

It’s pretty simple really. A young man allegedly stabbed a woman in what was reported as a domestic violence attack. He has been arrested and charged over the stabbing. Channel 9 news forgot to mention him in the headline. Rendering the perpetrators of domestic violence invisible also makes the cause of domestic violence invisible. It...

FixedIt: Love has nothing to do with murder

Channel 9 News reported on the sentence hearing of Alexander Villaluna yesterday. He pleaded guilty to murder and grievous bodily harm after he attacked Keith Collins and Jovi Pilapil with a hunting knife. Collins was killed in the attack and Pilapil was stabbed in the chest and arm. The quote in Channel 9’s headline was from...

FixedIt: No fix required

FixedIt is almost always about the media getting it wrong. When they get it right they don’t usually appear on my radar. Which isn’t really fair because there are a lot of good journalists and publication who do great work of reporting terrible crimes. This one on The Canberra Times today is a good example....

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