News editors of Australia: Will you make this one simple change?

Imagine if every newspaper article about family violence included the helpline number. It's 1800 RESPECT. It's free to call. It can help save lives and it helps vulnerable people every day. And astoundingly, most newspapers simply don't bother to include it. 

Australia’s domestic violence crisis is making headlines around the country, but many women experiencing abuse right now still don’t know where they can get help. At the same time, just 8% of media stories on domestic violence this year have included information about where those affected by family violence can get help.

Can you help to change that? Newspaper editors listen to their readers - after all, they have to sell copies. Join the campaign calling on the editors of Australia’s major papers to include 1800 RESPECT in all stories about family violence.

Click here to see which outlets have committed so far.

--If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.--

To the Editors in Chief of all Australian media outlets,

We urge you to publicly commit to include referral numbers for family violence services in any story you run about domestic and family violence, and to implement responsible reporting guidelines.


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Latest activity

Margaret , 2262  /  signed 2015-06-16 18:08:27 +1000
"Its very important that victims of family violence know where the can get help"
Pauline , 4700  /  signed 2015-06-16 15:37:58 +1000
"Having worked for 15 years at a Women’s Health Centre, I feel this simple change could make the difference to many people that could save their lives and the lives of their children. Women in a DV situation do not always have the time to find telephone numbers, therefore it would make it easier for them to “jmake that call”."
Jesse , 6158  /  signed 2015-06-16 13:56:05 +1000
Pamela , 3747  /  signed 2015-06-16 12:16:22 +1000
"Just as referral details are given for mental health agencies, please ensure that 1800 RESPECT is also included in all stories about family violence. This referral should also be included in all television news broadcasts as well.
Pamela Thomas"
Trisha , 4562  /  signed 2015-06-16 07:04:56 +1000
"This simple change could save lives. It will save many families from emotional terrorism."
Ailsa , 6081  /  signed 2015-06-15 21:53:33 +1000
"Please promote the help available to families experiencing domestic violence by printing/published the 1800RESPECT tag on every article you publish. This could save lives.
Thank you"
David , 2104  /  signed 2015-06-15 21:18:19 +1000
Julie , 2871  /  signed 2015-06-15 20:51:12 +1000
Jennifer , 6076  /  signed 2015-06-15 13:39:19 +1000
"This an issue that affects so many families and is especially damages the most vulnerable women and children in our society. They need our support."
Rebecca , 2291  /  signed 2015-06-15 13:25:13 +1000
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