Updated: Aug 18
The National Center developed the Privacy & Dignity guide because we often receive questions from victims, advocates, and journalists about the media portrayal of crime victims and their families. Victims speaking with media and the media reporting on crime are controversial topics and can be difficult to navigate. Media coverage can sometimes produce unintended consequences during the investigation or trial. Although each crime victim and victimization experience is unique, it is important to share information that will lessen victimization for all involved. Information is focused on the concepts of privacy and dignity, which are of vital importance to victims of crime, and divided into sections for victims, victim advocates, and journalists.