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For Journalists

These guides aims to help reporters, copywriters, headline writers, and editors with coverage of sexual and domestic violence. 

Domestic Violence Homicide Media Guide: The media has increasingly gotten out the message that domestic violence is a crime and that help is available for victims. It's essential that these cases are portrayed in context and not only as individual tragedies. Much of the guide is also applicable to general coverage of sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and other forms of abuse.

Strangulation vs. Choking Media Guide:  The difference between the terms strangulation and choking is not semantic as each connotes very different things regarding intent and action. Using appropriate terminology in describing the act of strangulation helps readers (victims, responders, and others) understand this dangerous act of violence.

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JDI would like to acknowledge the input of journalists, law enforcement, advocates, and survivors in drafting this resource.

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What We Do

"Throughout the years being an active member of Jane Doe Inc. has given me the opportunity to participate in many activities to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the opportunity to improve my professional skills attending trainings and webinars. The tremendous impact we make as part of the Jane Doe coalition is unmeasurable for every agency, advocate, client and community member." ~ Claudia Segura - JDI Coalition Member and Advocate

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Domestic and sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment, human trafficking and other forms of abuse thrive on silence. The media plays an important role in breaking the silence about social issues such as violence against women. By ensuring that the coverage accurately reflects the experience of victims and the dynamics of sexual and domestic violence, the media helps educate people about the steps they or someone they know can take to stop domestic violence on a personal, organizational, policy, and community level.

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Getting The Story Out

We recognize that every minute counts when you´re on deadline. In your coverage of sexual and domestic violence issues/incidents, the expertise and resources of JDI and its statewide network of 60 local sexual and domestic violence programs can help you save time, reduce legwork, ensure accuracy, and get your story out there quickly.

We will make every effort to assist you in:

  • Obtaining comment from Coalition leaders
  • Interviewing crime victims and family members willing to speak to the media
  • Finding local sexual and domestic violence programs and other local, state, and national experts
  • Explaining the range of free and confidential services available through the local programs
  • Providing general information & up-to-date facts, statistics, and graphics
  • Dispelling common myths about sexual and domestic violence
  • Offering background on state and federal sexual and domestic violence laws pertaining to protection orders, probable cause arrest, firearms, child custody, stalking, address confidentiality, crime victims rights, and more
  • Detaiing ways the general public can help someone who is a sexual and/or domestic violence victim or abuser
  • Identifying resources and hotlines for people seeking help with sexual and/or domestic violence


Toni K. Troop, Director of Communications
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