FreeTV: Include specific warnings in viewer advice
*Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual violence
Right now, commercial television stations in Australia are required to provide warnings to viewers if a program contains violence or sex scenes - but aren't required to specify if the program contains sexual or domestic violence. Exposure to this kind of content can cause trauma to anyone previously affected.
FreeTV - the industry body in charge of Australia's commercial television stations - are scheduled to review their Code of Practice later this year. The Code of Practice governs all viewer advice provided on commercial television across Australia - and this review provides them with an important opportunity to drive positive change.
FreeTV have implemented positive practices on gender and social justice issues in the past. By updating the Code of Practice to require that more explicit warnings are given when sexual or domestic violence is about to be shown, they would allow viewers the opportunity to choose whether or not to watch such content, and give those affected by this kind of violence the opportunity to safeguard themselves from further trauma. Can you help show they have the public's support take a leadership role on this issue?
For 24 hour help, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). Or see your state and territory helplines here.