Australian Media Messages: Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Intimate Homicides Involving Domestic Violence

Patricia Easteal, Kate Holland, Michelle Dunne Breen, Cathy Vaughan and Georgina Suth-erland, (2018) ‘Australian Media Messages: Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Intimate Homicides involving Domestic Violence,’ Violence Against Women, doi/10.1177/1077801218780364

32 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2018

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Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Kate Holland

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design

Michelle Dunne Breen

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design

Cathy Vaughan

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Georgina Sutherland

University of Melbourne - School of Population Health

Date Written: July 13, 2018

Abstract

This study uses critical discourse analysis to examine news reporting of two cases of intimate partner violence in Australia. The fine-grained analysis of newswriting and news-editing practices focuses particularly on the lexical features and referential strategies used to represent the perpetrator and the victim, the crime, and the location of the crime. Findings show that reporting often omits social context, sensationalizes, and acts to shift blame in ways that do not increase public understanding of the nature of domestic violence. These results build on international findings and add to the evidence base about media reporting of violence against women.

Keywords: Australian Media And Intimate Partner Homicide, Australian Media And Violence Against Women, Violence Against Women, Media And Critical Discourse Analysis

JEL Classification: K40, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Easteal, Patricia L. and Holland, Kate and Dunne Breen, Michelle and Vaughan, Cathy and Sutherland, Georgina, Australian Media Messages: Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Intimate Homicides Involving Domestic Violence (July 13, 2018). Patricia Easteal, Kate Holland, Michelle Dunne Breen, Cathy Vaughan and Georgina Suth-erland, (2018) ‘Australian Media Messages: Critical Discourse Analysis of Two Intimate Homicides involving Domestic Violence,’ Violence Against Women, doi/10.1177/1077801218780364. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3213736

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Kate Holland

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design ( email )

Australia

Michelle Dunne Breen

University of Canberra - Faculty of Arts and Design ( email )

Australia

Cathy Vaughan

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Population and Global Health ( email )

4/207 Bouverie Street
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

Georgina Sutherland

University of Melbourne - School of Population Health ( email )

4/207 Bouverie Street
Parkville, Victoria
Australia

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