Many reporters will reinforce myths and inaccuracies about domestic violence by implying victim-blaming or abuser-excusing attitudes, blaming the act on cultural or class differences, and reinforcing the idea that the fatal violence came out of the blue as opposed to being the culmination of a history of violence and controlling behaviors.  

Domestic violence is not an angry outburst - it is a learned behavior. This learned behavior is further reinforced when abusers receive the message from society at large that violence against women is acceptable.   

We are asking that news outlets practice more responsible media coverage of domestic violence by following standards in the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) guide for journalists covering domestic violence.  

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