Moral Panic In Mass Media

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The mass media and political institutions creates moral panic in the society to achieve social, economic and political goals. The general public experience intense feelings of fear and anxiety as their perceived perceptions are threatened by the sudden burst of a new social problem or an existing phenomenon like domestic violence (Garland 2008, p. 13). People start to challenge the social, economic and moral standards behind the issue, transformations in multiple aspects including public perceptions, stereotypes and legislation may take place as results of moral panic (Garland 2008, p. 14). The effects of moral panic depend on the importance of the issue, the more important and severe the issue is, the longer the duration of moral panic, the …show more content…
As the main contributor of public perceptions and gender stereotyping (Garland 2008, p. 19), the mass media is overwhelmed with domestic violence against females while male victims are often hidden behind the screen. The mass media has the responsibility to eliminate the existing misconceptions of gendered and domestic violence by initiating moral panics. The mass media increased the coverages of stories of male victims to draw public attentions toward the other side of domestic violence. Simon Lanham disclosed his experience of domestic violence in a television programme, A Current Affair (2015). He pointed out that the society does not provided sufficient support to male victims, due to the misconceptions that only females suffer from domestic violence. The society has been focusing too much on violence against females and children, most social services like domestic violence hotlines only target female and children victims, there are limited channels for male victims to seek help from, social resources …show more content…
As the gateway of the criminal justice system, police department plays an extremely important role in proceeding the reported criminal offences into the whole system (Rush 2003, p.16). Domestic violence is basically ordinary violent crime with the addition of domestic components, the policing approaches in responding to domestic violence and street violence should be relatively similar based on their similarity in nature. Yet, the police officers adopt a totally different approach towards gendered and family violence. Instead of actively detecting the source of violence, police officers passively rely on victims to report cases of domestic violence (Rush 2003, p.16), in which the reporting stage becomes the major barrier to prevents victims of gendered and family violence from entering the criminal justice system. Due to the wrongful beliefs of domestic violence of police officers, victims are expected to face their violent relationship on their own just because the criminal offences take place at private areas, male victims are being dismissed before the case get into the criminal justice system. Police officers practice unlawful treatments toward male victims by ignoring, falsely arresting and removing them from homes, however, in the other way round females are being protected regardless their roles in domestic

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