Tips for Interacting with the Media for Crime Victims
Sometimes victims of crime do not wish to have contact with the media but find themselves thrust into the public eye. Other victims seek out the media, viewing media organizations as important allies. Unsolved case investigations tend to create media interest. Unfortunately, sometimes you may be taken by surprise to see your case featured in a media report. If your case was recently reactivated, you may want to ask a trusted friend or family member to act as a media representative. Even if you have not been contacted by media yet, having someone willing and able to manage media inquiries is a practical, proactive step you can take to manage this aspect of your case.
Following are some additional tips to help you manage media concerns:
- Interacting with the Media: What Crime Victims Should Know (PDF)
- Getting A Message Out: How to Write a Press Release/Statement (PDF) includes a sample press statement template that you can follow if you decide to issue your own statement.