The UK’s two leading press regulators, IPSO and IMPRESS, are set to adopt guidelines in a bid to combat irresponsible reporting that campaigners say exacerbates the trauma for families of domestic homicide victims.
The UK’s two press regulators have endorsed a feminist campaign group’s new set of guidelines on the reporting of domestic violence deaths.
Level Up said the guidance would “set a bar” for journalistic standards on fatal domestic abuse stories and help put an end to families of victims having their grief and trauma “compounded by irresponsible reporting”.
When someone is killed by their partner or ex-partner, it marks the endpoint to a sustained period of coercive control. Four out of five women killed by their partners are killed within six months of separating from them.
Many of them are stalked. Controlling partners are notorious for their jealousy and possessiveness, and murder is a last-resort measure of complete control.
But you’d never know any of this from reading the way the UK press reports on fatal domestic abuse.
The deaths of women killed by current and former partners have long been reported in harmful ways. But now, the UK’s press regulators have adopted feminist guidelines on how to write about domestic violence deaths. Stylist’s Moya Crockett reports.
Forget the gloss and the gimmicks – feminism was forged in the struggle to escape the sweatshop.
According to a Survation poll for the feminist campaigning organisation Level Up — the first research of its kind in the UK — 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old women have been harassed on the network. Among 25 to 34-year-olds, it is 45 per cent.
Shocking new research revealed 57 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old women have been harassed on the site including being stalked and sent explicit images.
The group’s Carys Afoko said the network was not “moving fast enough to keep women safe”. She added it was time bosses “listened to women instead of algorithms”.
Level Up, which aims to eradicate sexism in the UK, accused Facebook of not taking online harassment seriously. Its campaign director, Janey Starling, said: “Level Up is calling on Facebook to listen to women and move faster to keep us safe online.
“This means firstly updating their harassment policy to recognise the nuances and spectrum that different types of harassment fall on, and secondly: making it easier for victims of harassment to report their abuse.”
More than half of women who have reported harassment on Facebook claim they got no response or were told there would be no action as it did not violate community guidelines, research suggests.
One in three women (29 per cent) have experienced abuse on the social media platform, rising to 40 per cent in woman of black and ethnic minority (BME) origin, according to the study.
The findings have been released by the feminist campaign group Level Up, established in January last year with the aim of ending sexism in the UK.
Young women are facing ‘epidemic’ levels of abuse on Facebook with more than half being the victims of unwarranted harassment online.
As the news of her retrial broke, the BBC published an article with the headline ‘Sally Challen: Hammer killer wife to be retried’. After feminist campaigners Level Up and their supporters got involved, the headline was changed to ‘Sally Challen murder conviction quashed over husband’s death’.
We rarely tell positive stories about men and it’s time we stopped being part of a culture that vilifies them.
The social media giant said sorry about Cambridge Analytica but is silent about sexual harassment.
On New Year’s Eve, 44-year-old Melanie Clark was stabbed to death by her husband. Her sons, aged 23 and 20, returned home to find their mother dead and their house swarming with police officers. Just 12 minutes into 2018, Melanie was the first woman in the UK this year to be murdered by her partner.
The UK’s largest press regulator will enter discussions with a feminist campaign group calling for new guidelines on the reporting of domestic violence deaths.
Level Up has called on the Independent Press Standards Organisation to introduce new guidelines and a clause into the Editors’ Code of Practice to “put an end to bad reporting which has lasting traumatic impacts on surviving family members”.
A campaign group has developed a set of media guidelines to combat “undignified” reports of domestic violence which may cause further damage to victims and their families.
On Monday, The Pool launched feminist group Level Up’s campaign to give dignity to women murdered by their partners. Within hours, the petition to introduce domestic-violence reporting guidelines to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s (IPSO) rulings garnered at least 3,000 signatures, pushing the target number up from 5,000 to 20,000. Now, IPSO want a meeting.
The media is “failing” women killed by their partners and must do a better job in reporting cases of domestic violence, campaigners have warned.
Families of domestic homicide victims are among a coalition of campaigners and academics urging the Independent Press Standards Organisation to accept proposed guidelines setting out how cases of domestic violence should be reported.
Why do we so often hear of “perfect husbands” who turn into monsters without any prior warning, like the man in this recent story who murdered his wife in—another well-worn description— a “fit of jealousy”?
A new campaign seeks to change the way that domestic violence deaths are reported in the press. It couldn’t come a moment too soon.
When someone is killed by their partner or family member, the way they’re written about in the press may seem minor compared to the tragedy they and their family have endured.
Campaigners have expressed concern with the findings of the first round of public consultation on what schools should be teaching in the Relationships Education and Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) curricula.
The consultation, which runs until November 7, 2018, was called following government plans to introduce the mandatory subjects in schools across the country by September 2020.
Then-Education Secretary Justine Greening promised the revised curricula would be inclusive of LGBT issues, although the draft guidance published under her successor Damian Hinds in July leaves schools “free to determine how they address LGBT specific content,” even if the ministry’s recommendation is that the teaching “is integral throughout the programmes of study.”
Campaigners are urging the government not to let “another generation of LGBT students slip through the cracks” by failing to include relevant information to them in an updated Relationships and Sex Education curriculum. Results from a government survey ahead of the second consultation of the draft proposals showed that 31 per cent of young people want to be taught about gender and sexual identity as a priority.
Okay, let's just take a moment here... take a deep breath in, close your eyes — wait stop, that doesn't work for an online article...
Still. Imagine yourself if you're able to, back at school, aged around thirteen, probably with a ridiculous haircut, having some kind (if any) of sex education class...
If you're a millenial like me, yes, you probably had at least one hour slotted in somewhere during those 16 or 18 years at school dedicated to rolling condoms onto bananas and being shown particularly detailed images of genital warts with the odd tampon thrown in here and there if you were lucky... but that was it.
And as for queer sex? Absolutely not, kids.
When I have a bad day at work, I think of Serena Williams. I tell myself that if she can do her job then I can do mine. To be clear, I am not a professional athlete – I struggle to walk up more than one flight of stairs without losing my breath. And, no, I’m not the mother of a small and adorable child, I just about keep my houseplants alive most weeks. The thing Williams and I have in common is that we are black women who work for a living. And being a black woman at work comes with a specific set of challenges.
The first time I heard about what Britain’s ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had written about Muslim women in a column for the Daily Telegraph I rolled my eyes.
One of the best-known politicians in our country has just said he wants to force women to take their clothing off at his own MP surgery. So where’s the feminist outrage?
What is most painful about this whole episode is the lack of public outcry from our allies.
I felt the familiar twinge of disappointment laced with anger when I saw the government announcement that it had “no intention” of changing the current law around single-sex spaces. In doing so, ministers are at best sending mixed messages about the point of the Gender Recognition Act. At worst, they are bowing to a vocal minority who do not speak for all women or all feminists.