15 Jun, 2011 Last updated: 30 Nov, 2014

The winners of the 2011 Eliminating Violence Against Women media awards (EVAs) - announced by Women's Affairs Minister Mary Wooldridge.

Winners of the 2011 Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards (EVAs) were announced at the Melbourne Town Hall by the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP and Ms Sally Nicholes of Nicholes Family Lawyers on Friday 10 June. The EVAs recognise excellence in the reporting of violence against women across print, radio, TV and online media.

The Blackfella Films and SBS Television documentary Lani’s Story stole the night, with Genevieve Grieves and Darren Dale taking the award for the overall Gold EVA - Best Media Across Categories 2011 as well as Best Television Current Affairs.

The EVAs project is funded by the Victorian Government as part of their broader Prevention Strategy, with sponsorship by Nicholes Family Lawyers. The awards are supported by VicHealth.

Minister for Women's Affairs, Mary Wooldridge said the work of the EVAs recipients will change the way Victorians thinks about issues concerning violence against women.

"On behalf of the Victorian Coalition Government I congratulate all the winners of tonight's EVAs for their dedication to responsible reporting. Their stories have been presented in a reasonable, non-sensational manner and play a pivotal role in challenging and changing attitudes towards violence against women," Ms Wooldridge said.

"The Victorian Coalition Government is a strong supporter of programs designed to prevent violence against women and is delighted to be associated with the EVAs. I look forward to celebrating next year's awards in 2012."

The Award Sponsor, Ms Sally Nicholes of Nicholes Family Lawyers spoke of the importance of the awards.

"We are proud to support an initiative that recognises the media for reporting violence with sensitivity and social responsibility,” Ms Nicholes said.

Assistant Commissioner Wendy Steendam said that every single day police are seeing the immense impact that violence against women has on the community.

“It is imperative that everyone in our community realises that violence against women has profound effects on people’s lives - it is a serious crime and is not acceptable under any circumstances,” Ms Steendam said. “The media plays a crucial role in educating the public on the issue and the EVAs is a fantastic initiative working towards changing attitudes around violence against women.”

Domestic Violence Victoria CEO Fiona McCormack named the night a great success.

“The EVAs ceremony evening provides an important platform to acknowledge and reward journalists who strive for excellence. We have had a great response from the media and from those involved in the violence prevention fields. It is uplifting to count award attendees from such a broad range of sectors including media, police, judicial officers, AFL and a range of government and non-government departments and services,” Ms McCormack said.

Find out more at www.evas.org.au

2011 EVAs Media Awards Winners

GOLD EVA Best Media Across Categories:  Genevieve Grieves & Darren Dale, Blackfella Films & SBS Television, Lani’s Story


Best News / Current Affairs Report (Item or Series): Ben Schneiders, The Age, Domestic Violence Victims Win Leave
Best Feature in Print (Newspaper) Vanessa Chircop, Star News Group, Sahar’s Living Nightmare
Best Opinion:  Leslie Cannold , The Age , There Are Many Reasons Women Don’t Report Rape
Best Suburban / Regional Report:  Clare Quirk , Bendigo Advertiser , I Swear (series)
Best Magazine Report / Article: Clair Weaver , Madison Magazine , How Will You Get Home Tonight?
Highly Commended: Claire Halliday, The Weekly Review, Running Up the White Ribbon
Best Photograph / Graphics / Illustration: Kath Gannaway , Mountain Views Mail , Fire hero Jailed

Best Online Journalism: Ilsa Evans, nationaltimes.com.au, Bruised Women Fade To Black In Newton Saga

Best Radio News / Current Affairs (More than 20 minutes) (Highly Commended): Dr Sally Cockburn, Simon Owens, Ken Francis, 3AW Radio , Talking Health: New Year’s Resolution To Stop Family Violence
Best Radio News / Current Affairs (Less than 20 minutes): Lindy Burns, Erin Matthews and Tom Wright, ABC Radio 774, Bridget’s Story
Highly Commended: Santilla Chingaipe, SBS Radio World News Australia, Domestic Violence Underestimated

Best Television Current Affairs (More than 20 minutes): Genevieve Grieves and Darren Dale, Blackfella Films & SBS Television, Lani’s Story
Best Television Current Affairs (Less than 20 minutes): Nick Coe and Alexis Daish, Nine Network Australia, A Current Affair, Defensive Homicide
Highly Commended: Luke Waters, SBS Television World News Australia, 300 Dollar Childhood