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Family violence happens to everybody: gender, mental health and violence in Australian media representations of filicide 2010–2014

Little, Janine 2015, Family violence happens to everybody: gender, mental health and violence in Australian media representations of filicide 2010–2014, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 605-616, doi: 10.1080/10304312.2015.1025366.

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Title Family violence happens to everybody: gender, mental health and violence in Australian media representations of filicide 2010–2014
Author(s) Little, Janine
Journal name Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 605
End page 616
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1030-4312
1469-3666
Summary This discussion of three cases of filicide reported and reviewed extensively by the Australian news media between 2010 and 2014 is concerned with the politics of representation and its links to material violence. Moving through the architecture of the coverage rather than focusing on it this article observes popular, if mostly tacit, assumptions about masculinity and femininity in representing ‘family violence’. It locates coverage patterns to illustrate perceptions of violence against women and children and inaccurate stereotyping of such family violence as the extraordinary consequences of mental illness, which are mostly reproduced by the Australian media. It is suggested that such media representations are part of a downplaying of family violence as a public issue of urgency.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10304312.2015.1025366
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072601

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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