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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Lynn , 4121  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:15:18 +1000
Kelly , 4172  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:14:29 +1000
elizabeth , 4719  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:13:21 +1000
"The more that violent people know that there is support for and escape for their battered ‘loved’ ones, the more chance it may sink into their thick heads that violence is not on. The more often victims seek help, the more accurate the statistics to convince governments to ramp up the war against the terrorists in our homes and the outlets that fuel their violence with alcohol."
Steven , 4061  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:12:14 +1000
Kellie , 4018  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:12:07 +1000
Amy , 5041  /  signed 2015-06-04 11:11:33 +1000
"As one of the 1 in 3 women who has experienced violence at the hands of a man in her lifetime, I know how important cultural norms and attitudes to violence against women inform responses and ‘set the tone’. you have the power to help change that and to empower women. Please utilise that power to affect positive change – it is the seemingly small subtle things that have the largest impact."
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