Section 1: Victim Media Advocacy
Crime Victims and Public Awareness
Impact on Your Organization
Educating the Media
Impact of Coverage Can Affect Victims
Types of News Stories
Major Concerns of Coverage
Impact On Victims of Specific Crimes
Cultural Competency
Victim Privacy v. Media
The Role of Victim Service Providers
Victim Referrals to the Media
Tips for Crime Victims and Survivors

Link to A Guide for Journalists Who Report on Crime and Crime Victims
Link to Crime Victim Outreach Tip Sheets
Victim Media Advocacy:
How to Facilitate Sensitive and Respectful Treatment of Crime Victims

9. Cultural Competency:

Cultural Competence in Victim Advocacy and News Reporting

America is an increasingly diverse nation, with different cultures represented in victims, alleged and convicted perpetrators, and communities that are affected by crime. Today, the term “culture” can encompass race, ethnicity, country of origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and even geography (highly urban or rural/remote communities).

Radio reporter interviewing two young African-American and one Asian girls. (Staged with professional models).The news media share concerns about cultural competence in news reporting. The diversity of the United States is reflected in both news stories and news audiences, and the media seek a balance that addresses issues important to both.

Cultural competence in media relations should be a priority for victim service providers:

The Poynter Institute continually updates its resources for journalists related to cultural competence and diversity, and is a good resource for victim service providers: .

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