Domestic violence affects more than 10 million Americans each year. And in California, more than half of families have been touched by domestic violence, according to a 2017 study. Yet it is often treated as a criminal or private matter rather than a public health epidemic. Journalism can play a role in bringing about change and greater awareness.
The Center for Health Journalism’s two-day symposium on domestic violence will provide reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The Center will share immersive approaches for reporting on domestic violence and its root causes, looking at how systemic inequities play a role. You will hear insights on how unaddressed trauma can shape the lives of both perpetrator and victim and explore how mistrust of police can make it difficult to seek help, especially among communities of color and for some in the LGBTQ community. Conversation will delve into new restorative justice approaches, trauma-informed interviewing, and the multiple ways an abuser can exert control and exact psychological harm.