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parental rights and Temporary Protection Order (TPO) cases. They should also check law enforcement records for prior arrests and police responses to allegations of domestic violence involving the same persons or address. g. It is good practice to seek a statement from a local domestic violence advocate or from a recognized domestic violence expert when covering the issue. h. It is good practice to use statements from associates of the abuser with caution. Domestic violence is often unknown to friends and neighbors until it becomes murder. Balance statements that express surprise at the abuser’s conduct with any record of past controlling behavior and general information about domestic violence. i. It is good practice to report that domestic violence often is worst during pregnancy and when the victim tries to separate, or has separated, from the abuser. j. It is good practice to include information from a media guide that adds context and depth to a story about domestic violence. k. It is good practice to comment on the impact of the domestic violence on children, families, employers, the community and the larger society. l. It is good practice to include local contact information for reporting and seeking protection from domestic violence. m. It is good practice to prevent future domestic violence by providing information to allow present and potential abusers to identify themselves, to understand that change is possible and to seek help to change their behaviors.

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n. Reporters should be aware that abusers use news reports to threaten their victims with similar fates or to reinforce the belief that, like the victim in the reporter’s story, the victim will be humiliated and not believed. Reporters can reduce the likelihood of this perversion of their reporting by including information about domestic violence and the availability of resources for victims that an abuser will not want a victim to see. 4. Materials included in a media guide should be in a format suitable for publication, and reporters should be encouraged to use those materials. A reporter’s job is often to produce an accurate story under deadline. A media guide should provide immediate assistance to a reporter, including free use of reliable, noncopyrighted material. 5. A media guide should include Internet links to well-chosen, authoritative VRXUFHVRIDGGLWLRQDOLQIRUPDWLRQRQVSHFL¿FWRSLFV

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