FixedIt: Why was he charged?

The Brisbane Times reported that a Queensland man, who allegedly stabbed his partner and abducted their baby, was charged with domestic violence offences, including common assault, assault occasioning bodily harm, strangulation, threatening violence and wounding.

The baby was found later that night and was thankfully uninjured. The woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Abducting children is a serious criminal offence and should be included in a headline, but so is attacking a woman with a knife. Why erase the woman and the knife assault from the headline? 

We know domestic abuse is a critical issue in lockdown. The lockdown also presents problems with reporting abuse to police and the media’s ability to report on violent crimes (I’ll have more to say on that in the next day or so). This makes it all the more crucial that when domestic abuse is reported, it is done so properly. Erasing violent attacks against women from the headlines is not reporting it responsibly. 

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