“Every week in the UK, two women are murdered
by a partner or ex-partner.” *
(*Office for National Statistics, 2016)
Level Up's Guidelines have been shared by the Independent Press Standards Organisation and the Royal Charter-backed Impress, via their websites. This has been welcomed by experts and victims’ families, such as Luke and Ryan Hart, whose mother and sister were killed by their father in 2016.
The Guidelines ask that reporting of deaths because of domestic violence considers the following:
*Accountability - place the responsibility on the person responsible
*Accuracy - name the crime as domestic violence
*Dignity - Avoid language which compromises the dignity of the dead woman
*Equality - Avoid insensitive or trivialising language or images.
*Images - Avoid using images that reinforce the myth that domestic abuse is just a physical crime.
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