The media plays a major role in shaping public perceptions in the ACT. Local media and journalists can and do influence community awareness and understanding of local issues. So ACT journalists have a key part to play in communicating the right messages and perceptions about violence against women and children in the ACT so that the public knows and understands the local facts about this issue.
Local ACT journalists can find guidance on how to report about domestic violence, sexual violence, child sexual assault and Indigenous family violence. The Guides provide practical information and advice to support ACT journalists/media to gain an understanding about the nature of these issues. Each resource provides definitions, local and national facts and statistics, the impacts and system responses, suggestions about issues to consider when reporting, local ACT information, and local contacts. http://www.wchm.org.au/guides-for-media