The EVAs Media Awards (Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards) honoured journalists for excellence in the reporting of violence against women and celebrated news media contributions to the prevention of violence against women.
The EVAs recognised and rewarded media that demonstrated accurate and insightful reporting on violence against women.
Good quality reporting challenges misinformation and damaging stereotypes that tolerate or excuse violence against women. The more awareness there is of this issue, the greater chance we have of reducing the terrible human toll. The EVAs presented a forum to recognise, reward and encourage media that accurately reported on this issue.
The EVA's ran for the last time in 2013 due to recognition from the Australian Government that a national awards events was needed to share this important work and expand it across the country. The Our Watch Awards commenced in September 2015 to meet this need.
EVAs journalists and photographers were media professionals dedicated to fair, accurate and informed reporting. From opinion pieces to documentary series, they recognised the influence media has on building community interest, awareness and action to eliminate violence against women.
Entries must have been developed for an audience that included Victoria, but could have been produced outside Victoria.
The entries were judged on journalistic merit; with emphasis on promotion of community awareness and understanding of all forms of violence against women, and inspiring community interest and action.
The judging panels, both preliminary and final, included representatives from the media industry and the broader community, and experts from the violence against women, family violence and sexual assault sectors. The panels were created to reflect the diversity of topic, medium and style being reviewed.
Entries could be made by the journalist or the employer/media outlet.
Non-media were also able to suggest a piece for entry.
Attendances at The EVAs was by invitation and drawn from members of media, community, government, legal, police and business sectors.