Violence Against Women in Indian Print Media

Room 224
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


Speaker: Dr Amanda Gilbertson, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne

Dr Gilbertson will present preliminary findings from an analysis of reporting on violence against women (VAW) in Indian print media. This project involved quantitative coding of all stories about male violence against women that appeared in four Indian newspapers (two English language and two Hindi language) over a period of two months. This talk will focus on results from the English language newspapers (n=725) and will address the extent to which the stories were sensationalist and victim blaming. The problem of false accusations in cases of VAW looms large in Indian public discourse and in 2017 the Indian Supreme Court ruled that men needed protection from women filing inaccurate claims of domestic violence. Accordingly, this presentation will focus on the extent to which newspaper reporting perpetuates or challenges the myth that survivors of VAW often lie. Comparisons to recent studies of reporting on violence against women in Australian media will be made where appropriate.

MAEVe Seminar Series

The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) was established in 2015 to draw together research and evaluation capacity across the University, in partnership with community, industry and government agencies, to respond to this pressing challenge.

MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration.

MAEVe's lunchtime seminar series is held fortnightly (with the exception of holidays)

Semester 2 Program

All events are held on Tuesdays between 1pm and 2pm at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

25 July920Violence and Disability: Contemplating the IntersectionsJessica Cadwallader
8 August224Children's Voices in Family Violence Practice and ResearchAnita Morris
22 August920Sexual Violence and the Culture of ImpunityDolly Kikon
5 September920New Psychological Perspectives on Objectification and Violence Against WomenAdriana Vargas Saenz and Michelle Stratemeyer
19 September920Securing Muslim Women's Safety: Organising Against Domestic Violence in the 'Age of Terror'Amy Piedalue
10 October223Understanding Women's Mobility and Empowerment in Bangladesh's Garment IndustryRimi Khan
24 October920Gender and Activism for Indonesian Survivors of Enforced Military Prostitution during the Japanese Occupation of the Netherlands East IndiesKate McGregor
14 November224Intervention Orders Online: Early Results of an Evaluation of the Online Application for FVIOs in Three Magistrates' CourtsStuart Ross
28 November224Violence Against Women in Indian Print MediaAmanda Gilbertson