Critical discourse analysis of news representations of male victims of domestic violence

Masters Thesis


Peterson, Ashly Nichole. 2023. Critical discourse analysis of news representations of male victims of domestic violence. Masters Thesis Master of Science (Research). University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z1v3w
Title

Critical discourse analysis of news representations of male victims of domestic violence

TypeMasters Thesis
AuthorsPeterson, Ashly Nichole
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Gavin Beccaria
2. SecondDr India Bryce
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameMaster of Science (Research)
Number of Pages138
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z1v3w
Abstract

Research on domestic violence primarily centres on female victims of male-perpetrated violence; less research, however, has been conducted on male victims. This study investigated how male victims of domestic violence are represented in 35 online news articles using critical discourse analysis. The articles were obtained from Factiva from six major newspapers in Australia between 2018-2021. The most pertinent findings of this study included most articles were considered short in length demonstrating an absence of newsworthiness; men were rarely referred to by name making them an invisible entity; an over-reporting of fatal domestic violence compared to the larger proportion of abuse being non-physical; non-physical abuse was rarely reported on; men were rarely referred to as ‘victim’; and elements of victim-blaming were prevalent. These findings suggest that Australian media does not report male victimisation in ways that increase awareness and credibility. Further, this study demonstrates that there is long way to go in recognising and legitimising the experiences of victimisation that men experience as domestic violence victims.

Keywordsnews reporting, gender; intimate partner violence; male victims; media representations; domestic violence
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520502. Gender psychology
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
440507. Studies of men and masculinities
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
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