„Killing Me Softly”: Print Media Reports on Women, Victims of Violence  Cover Image

„Killing me softly”: izveštavanje štampanih medija o ženama žrtvama nasilja
„Killing Me Softly”: Print Media Reports on Women, Victims of Violence

Author(s): Jelena Višnjić
Subject(s): Gender Studies
Published by: Centar za ženske studije & Centar za studije roda i politike, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Keywords: violence; media; women; representation; stereotypes; discrimination

Summary/Abstract: Considering the influence of the media in political and social life, it is necessary to regulate and improve the field of media reporting on violence against women (through investigative and responsible journalism, a deeper understanding and knowledge of the phenomenon of violence, cooperation with all actors in the community who are working to suppress and reduce violence), set standards for the protection of victims and continually build public awareness on the unacceptability and punishability of violence. Active participation, investigative and responsible media reporting in the field of domestic violence, is a major contribution to the process of sensitizing the public on this subject, which was, until recently, considered a problem of personal and family space. However, the creation of public opinion, as well as building good practices of media reporting (which are still lacking as opposed to sensationalism, stereotyping and discriminatory mechanisms) is a long process that requires the cooperation and coordinated action of all social actors (courts, police, health and non-governmental, that is, civil sector) and the decision makers who deal with the problem of violence. That is the only possible way for both the victim and the society to leave the vicious circle of violence.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 141-156
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian