Sexual violence media guide
The Sexual violence media guide (PDF) can assist media with responsible and appropriate reporting on sexual violence in Queensland. It provides advice for trauma-informed reporting on the issue of sexual violence.
The Sexual violence media guide was developed in response to Recommendation 84 of the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce (the Taskforce) second and final report Hear her voice—Report Two—Women and girls' experiences across the criminal justice system.
The Sexual violence media guide also addresses the removal of the prohibition on naming those accused with prescribed sexual offences, except where it would identify—or tend to lead to the identification of—a complainant. Prescribed offences include rape, attempt to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape and sexual assault.
Subsequent editions of the Sexual violence media guide will be produced to reflect future legislative amendments which may impact media reporting.
Find out more about the Queensland Government response to the Taskforce recommendations.
For questions relating to the operation of the Sexual violence media guide please contact the Department of Justice and Attorney-General’s Media Relations team:
For enquiries about whether a non-publication order has been made under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1978, contact the court registry where the matter is listed.
For routine media enquiries about court appearance dates and outcomes, contact the court registry where the matter is listed.
For media enquiries about the Supreme Court, District Court (including the Planning and Environment Court) and Land Court, contact MediaSDC@justice.qld.gov.au.