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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John , 7050  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:54:04 +1000
Beavan , 7250  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:41:14 +1000
Barry , 2565  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:36:35 +1000
Christine , 2084  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:27:59 +1000
"To increase awareness about domestic violence."
Karl , 2259  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:21:39 +1000
"My own father was a brutal, sadistic creature (whether of his own making, or the impact of being persecuted by the Nazis, prior to escaping from Austria to Australia in 1938 as an 18 year old), but the fact remains, he could neither provide, for us (my mother, my 2 siblings and me), nor did he hesitate to beat my mother, regularly. In fact, he usually called us to watch as he “taught her a lesson” and I don’t want this sort of vile behaviour to continue, when it can and must be stopped.

If the contact details for Lifeline, Beyond Blue, etc/. can be and are included by the ABC in their reports of such events or issues involving mental illness, then, surely, it is not beyond the media to include the contact details"
Karyn , 6208  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:15:54 +1000
Rosie , 2025  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:13:59 +1000
Susie , 3066  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:13:37 +1000
Catherine , 3121  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:12:50 +1000
Jess , 3885  /  signed 2015-06-11 18:11:20 +1000
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