How Media Portrayal of Interpersonal Violence Impacts Case Investigation, Prosecution, and Survivor Care

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12:00pm – 1:15pm PT

June 8, 2022

Kim Lonsway
Wendy Patrick
Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Thankfully, many law enforcement professionals, victim advocates, judges, and jurors have not personally been victimized by a spouse or partner. But they do watch the news—and are thus exposed to the way victims are portrayed in the media. This session will explore how media portrayals of domestic and sexual violence impact case investigation and prosecution, trauma-informed victim care, and decision making by judges and juries.

We will also discuss ways to counteract inaccurate or unrealistic media portrayals of victims of interpersonal violence using training programs, survivor stories, voir dire questions, expert witnesses, and more. The presentation will also address ways to discuss the problem of interpersonal violence (IPV) within law enforcement and community partnerships that is less sensational and more trauma-informed, acknowledging the impact media coverage has on both offenders and survivors.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the most common media myths regarding the way IPV victims “behave” post assault, and ways to ensure such knowledge does not impact the way they provide victim care, or the way other providers treat survivors.
  • Recognize how survivors are personally impacted by media myths, specifically in terms of how they describe and present their history of assault, often worried they will not be believed if they don’t say the “right” things.
  • Implement trauma-informed best practices in survivor care, for victim advocates, investigators, prosecutors, and other service providers, to accommodate actual and anticipated public and private reactions to survivors sharing their history.


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