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Writing about domestic violence (DV)
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) has developed a media guide to help journalists accurately cover DV related stories. Although the statistics are out of date, the guide provides a lot of helpful information including:
- Defining domestic violence
- An overview of Washington state domestic violence laws
- Tips for covering domestic violence crimes accurately and completely
Note: In the decade since WSCADV last revised this document, the language around domestic violence has evolved. For example, domestic violence agencies tend to prefer the term “survivor” to “victim.” We are happy to share best practices for domestic violence-related language.