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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Katherine , 2066  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:53:14 +1000
"Please take heed of Rosie Batty’s call for contact numbers for services for victims in news stories related to family violence.
It would also be good to see analysis of the impact of closing down and or re staffing refuges with less experienced staff."
Karen , 4067  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:47:38 +1000
Patricia , 5118  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:47:35 +1000
"we all have a responsibility to act as constructive influence on society where possible; your responsibility is a big one because of your job, please live up to it"
John , 3039  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:46:04 +1000
Clive , 3953  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:45:11 +1000
"It is important because family violence represents a blight on Australian society, one in which there are no winners and in which Australian society as a whole loses due to the inevitable destabiisation of the core family unit involved together with the wider family. Because of the impact on the children involved these impacts are felt for decades and indeed from one generation to the next."
Iain , 2067  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:44:25 +1000
Ben , 4558  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:43:16 +1000
"Family history."
Tony , 2021  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:34:37 +1000
Gill , 4506  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:33:19 +1000
"Dear Editors,
I’m sure this will be a good thing to do for everyone.
Thanks for your action.
Gill Donnelly"
Sarah , 4005  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:32:31 +1000
"This is an epidemic Australia must do better. The media can do better. Don’t glorify violence against women and don’t objectify women and girls."
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