Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards
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The 2011 EVAs

The 2nd EVAs Media Award Presentations 2011 built steadily from the inaugural event, with an attendance of 150 guests, including media, government, legal, community and business sectors. Held on June 10, 2011 at The Melbourne Town Hall, fifteen winners were honoured on the night, including four Highly Commended award recipients. Awards were announced and presented by The Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Women's Affairs, Mental Health, and Community Services and Children and Early Childhood Development and Ms Sally Nicholes, Nicholes Family Lawyers, EVAs sponsor.


A list of VIPs attended to honour the achievements of Victorian media in their contributions to the elimination of violence against women, including Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, Senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance in Victoria, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wendy Steendam, Assistant Commissioner of Crime Graham Ashton, and The Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and Chair of the National Centre against Bullying.


Nelly Thomas, Australian comedian & entertainer brought the awards together as MC, and speakers included the Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, Ms Sally Nicholes and Fiona McCormack, CEO, DV Vic.



2011 Award Winners

Gold EVA

Best Media Across Categories

Genevieve Grieves & Darren Dale
Blackfella Films & SBS Television
Lani’s Story


Congratulations on an excellent piece of journalism.

Judges' remarks

This is a stand out piece of journalism.

With heart felt and straight-talking conviction, Genevieve and Darren’s documentary expresses the magnitude of consequence that violence has on all those involved. It places the experience, survival and courage of Lani at the forefront.

The careful research and arrangement speaks to the complexity of the issues, drawing strong links between Lani's personal experiences, the impacts on those who know and love her, and the responses of those liable to Lani and others experiencing violence. Through moving interviews, Genevieve and Darren demonstrate the powerful role of support offered to women experiencing violence juxtaposed with the detrimental impact of social attitudes and convention, and systemic barriers to justice and safety. Lani’s story is presented without resorting to clichés or offering simplistic solutions.




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

Claire 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
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 & 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 & Darren Dale

SBS Television
Lani’s Story



Best Television Current Affairs (Less than 20 minutes)

Nick Coe & Alexis Daish
Nine Network Australia, A Current Affair
Defensive Homicide



Highly Commended
Luke Waters
SBS Television World News Australia
300 Dollar Childhood